Commencement ceremonies being held for 6 local colleges

Oprah Winfrey, Maura Healey, Dolores Huerta among featured speakers

Oprah Winfrey
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016 file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the world premiere of "BOO! A Madea Halloween" in Los Angeles. Winfrey will give the commencement address at Smith College in Northampton. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)  – It will be another busy weekend of commencement ceremonies here in western Massachusetts. Elms College, Westfield State University, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College graduates will be accepting their diplomas in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the speakers for this weekend’s festivities include media mogul Oprah Winfrey at Smith, Attorney General Maura Healey at Westfield State, and labor leader Dolores Huerta at Mount Holyoke.

Here is the schedule for this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, as well as graduations that will be held in the coming weeks:

Saturday, May 20

  • Elms College – MassMutual Center, 10:00 A.M. – Featured Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Jacobs
  • Westfield State University– MassMutual Center, 4:00 P.M. – Featured Speaker: Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Hampshire College – Hampshire College Library Lawn, 11:00 A.M. – Featured Speaker: Keenaga-Yamahtta Taylor

Sunday, May 21

  • Amherst College – Amherst College Main Quadrangle – 10:00 A.M.
  • Smith College – Smith College Quadrangle, 10:00 A.M. – Featured Speaker: Oprah Winfrey
  • Mount Holyoke College – Richard Glenn Gettell Ampitheater, 10:30 A.M. – Featured Speaker: Dolores Huerta

Saturday, May 27

  • Holyoke Community College – MassMutual Center, 10:00 A.M.

Thursday, June 1

  • Springfield Technical Community College – MassMutual Center, 6:30 P.M.

Friday, June 2

  • Berkshire Community College – Tanglewood, 4:30 P.M. – Featured Speaker: Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago

Saturday, June 3

  • Greenfield Community College – GCC East Lawn, 12:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 4

  • Williams College – Library Quadrangle, 10:00 A.M. – Featured Speaker: Chimamanda Ngozo Adochie

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