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February 05, 2012

Hundreds of students, families, faculty and staff gathered in Dwight Hall on February 2 to celebrate Framingham State University’s Winter 2013 Commencement during two ceremonies.

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker, Dr. Nicholas Racheotes, a professor of history at Framingham State, told the students that they had been led to believe they majored in a particular subject at FSU, but that the only real major at an institution of higher learning is curiosity. He urged the students to remain curious as they move into the next phase of their lives.

 “This is our greatest gift to you,” Racheotes said. “It demands that you use all of your senses. That you discover talents you never knew you had.”

The University conferred 248 bachelor’s degrees and 236 master’s degrees during the two ceremonies.

“You have taken an important step in distinguishing yourself from the field in an increasingly competitive job market,” Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan said. “You have also joined a strong network of alumni from Framingham State who play a crucial part in many of the Commonwealth’s leading businesses, industries, and public sector organizations.”

Dr. Richard M. Freeland, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, served as the commencement speaker for the graduate ceremony and told the graduates that earning their master’s degree was about embracing an ideal.

“Today we need the kind of leaders and thinkers and professionals that this University seeks to produce,” Freeland said. “That means we need you.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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