Campus Currents

May 22, 2017

Commencement 2017

Framingham State Celebrates Commencement

One of the largest classes in the history of Framingham State University celebrated commencement on Sunday, May 21st, during a beautiful ceremony on the Framingham Town Green.

“As a result of their hard work, all of our graduates today have deepened their knowledge, strengthened their analytical and communication skills, demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning, and taken an important step in separating themselves from the field in an increasingly competitive job market,” Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos told a crowd of around 5,000.

The University conferred 1,019 bachelor degrees and 487 graduate degrees during the two ceremonies.

Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford gave the keynote address during the undergraduate ceremony, telling the graduates to avoid measuring success by how much money they make.

“At this point in my life, I’ve met many successful people,” Reckford said. “They are the first to tell me that simply making a lot of money is not very satisfying.  Most successful people I’ve known—or known about—are deeply interested in solving a problem. So when you start comparing yourself to others and thinking about the good life, I would suggest that you look to those who inspire you with greatness.  And when you’re considering lifestyle—I pray that you will spend less time chasing stuff and more time making the world a better place.”

The University conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Reckford for his work leading Habitat for Humanity. The Class of 2017 also presented him with a check for $2,500 to be donated to Habitat.

U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton gave the keynote address during the graduate ceremony, telling the students to use failure as an opportunity to grow as individuals. As examples, he discussed how two of the greatest failures during his life have helped he become the person he is today.

“Don’t just face failure but embrace it and commit yourself to learning from it,” he told graduates. “No matter what happens, don’t give up. Drive on. If you do that, then you’ll do well when it’s hardest, and that’s when it matters most.”

Moulton received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Framingham State during the ceremony. The University also awarded its Citizen Laureate Award to former State Representative Tom Sannicandro, who is currently the director for the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston. The Citizen Laureate Award is given annually to someone who has consistently supported Framingham State University.

Summer Technology Institute 2017

Sign up for the 2017 Summer Technology Institute: Pathways to Learning

Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Faculty/Staff Dining Room, McCarthy Center

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Students learn best when we use multiple ways to actively engage them with the concepts. This might involve bridging a variety of their senses, like asking students to perform a skit to put what they learned into action, by asking them to observe and record data, or to draw related images in the margins of their notes.

The 2017 Summer Technology Institute will bring faculty and staff together to explore how we can use multiple means to represent information, offer options for students to engage, and allow learners to demonstrate what they know in different ways.

Come away with ideas for using multiple approaches to teach a concept. Explore technologies that can support or enhance student engagement.

People of Color in Criminal Justice Conference

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Framingham State University, invites you to the People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This conference, the first of its kind in New England, will provide a forum to address the unique perspectives and issues of professionals of color working in and studying all areas of the criminal justice system.

The goal of the POCCJ Conference is to promote the mentoring, leadership, and wellness of people of color working in criminal justice careers. The conference will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice work through the lens of the experiences of people of color in the field.

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Orientation Dates - 2017

Transfer Orientation: May 31st, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

First-Year Orientation I: June 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Food & Nutrition, Food Science, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering

First-Year Orientation II: June 20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fashion Design & Retailing

First-Year Orientation III: June 22, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Art History, Art Studio, Communication Arts, English, Geography, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Spanish, Undeclared, World Languages, American Sign Language

First-Year Orientation IV: June 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Accounting, Business Information Technology, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing

First-Year Orientation V: June 26, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Criminology, Global Studies, Psychology, Sociology

First Year Orientation VI: June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Transfer Student Orientation: June 28, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

First-Year Orientation: August 16, 8 a.m to 6 p.m.

All Majors

Transfer Student Orientation: August 17, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All Majors

Upcoming Career Services Events

SAVE THE DATE: Employment and Enjoyment Fair
Monday, September 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m.— 2:20 p.m., Athletic Center
Great opportunity to find an off-campus job with one of our many local retailers and restaurants or non-profits. This event is also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about clubs, community service, and getting involved both on and off campus. Over 100 representatives from 50 local businesses will be looking for YOU!

SAVE THE DATE: Suitable Solutions Professionalism Initiative Kick Off Event
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m., MC Alumni Room
Learn the professional skills that employers want—program overview.

SAVE THE DATE:  Career Advice Roundtables (CARS) Networking Event
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.,
MC Alumni Room
The CARS Program is designed to provide a dialog between
professionals (including many FSU alumni) and students seeking real answers to their career related questions. Each employer will moderate one table while students rotate from table to table seeking advice from all participating professionals

SAVE THE DATE:  The 12th Annual Major/Minor Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12:30 p.m.— 2:20 p.m., MC Forum
Having difficulty choosing a major or a minor? Learn more about which careers would correlate to your choice. Visit academic tables,
Career Services, and International Education (Study Abroad). Ask
questions about classes and skills needed for the major/minor you are considering, and how graduate school and internships play a role.

SAVE THE DATE:  Human Services Fair
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m., MC Forum
Explore internship and full-time opportunities available in human
services and non-profits.  Dress professionally, bring your resume, and network with up to 30 employers. Event is for both graduate and
undergraduate students.

Upcoming events

Habitat Earth Screening for Young Learners with Dr. Margaret Carroll

Monday, April 12, 2021

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

The Unraveling of the World: What Climate Change Has to Teach Us by Dr. Vandana Singh

Monday, April 12, 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Organized by: McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C, Dept of Physics & Earth Science

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