Pine Street Inn President Lyndia Downie and AP White House Reporter Jonathan Lemire to Serve as FSU Commencement Speakers

Pine Street Inn President Lyndia Downie and AP White House Reporter Jonathan Lemire to Serve as FSU Commencement Speakers

Feb 19, 2020

Framingham State is pleased to announce that Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie and Associated Press White House Reporter and Political Analyst Jonathan Lemire will serve as the University's commencement speakers on Sunday, May 24. 

Downie joined the Pine Street Inn in 1984 and has served as its President since 2000. Under her leadership, Boston's population of unsheltered homeless individuals has dropped to under 3 percent. Every day, the Pine Street Inn prepares more than 2,700 meals and assists more than 2,000 homeless individuals. The organization has 850 homeless tenants in its more than 40 permanent housing facilities and 670 emergency beds in four shelters across Boston.

"Under Lyndia Downie's leadership, no organization has done more to assist the most vulnerable population in Greater Boston," says Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos. "We are honored to have her address our graduating Class of 2020. I'm certain she will leave them inspired to head out into the world and do good for others."

The University will present Downie with an honorary degree during the Undergraduate Ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m.

Jonathan Lemire will speak to students at the Graduate Ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m. Lemire is a native of Lowell, MA, and former reporter for the New York Daily News. Today, he serves as a White House Reporter for the Associated Press and a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the nephew of Framingham State University Professor Stephen Lemire, who coordinates the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program.

"We live in an age of rampant disinformation," says President Cevallos. "Journalists like Jonathan Lemire are critical to helping the public separate fact from fiction, so that they can make informed decisions. We are so thankful to him for taking time out of his hectic schedule to address our graduate students."

During the ceremony, the University will present Lemire with an Honorary Degree.

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 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.