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Distinguished Guests- 2019 Commencement

This year, UMass Medical School will award honorary degrees to  Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the AAM; Susan Coghlin Mailman, MBA, a civic-minded business leader in Central Massachusetts and fourth-generation owner, chairwoman and treasurer of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.; and Richard P. Kennedy, president of The Angel Fund for ALS Research. Dr. Kirch will deliver the Commencement address.


According to University policy, candidates for honorary degrees shall be persons of great accomplishment and high ethical standards who exemplify the ideals of the University of Massachusetts. Factors to be considered include:  

  • national or international intellectual, artistic, cultural, or public service distinction in a particular field; 
  • outstanding achievement which the University wishes to acknowledge; and 
  • outstanding contribution to the University and/or the commonwealth. 
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