Scott Brown to Give Commencement Address
It’s official: Senator Scott Brown will be the speaker at this year’s Commencement ceremonies on May 28. In an email to the student body, Dean Garvey announced that Brown ‘85 had accepted the school’s invitation to speak, referencing an official release the school would send out on Thursday. Brown is also committed to speak at the commencement ceremonies at Nichols College in Dudley, MA.
Brown will be the third conservative Commencement speaker in a row, a trait that has not escaped students’ attention. Said one 3L, “while Brown is definitely a legitimate speaker, it’s disappointing that for three years in a row, the commencement speaker will be right of center. It would have been nice to have someone more moderate, someone more in touch with the student body’s political beliefs.”
Brown’s student experience at BCLS was somewhat unusual. Though he matriculated as a member of the Class of 1984, Brown took some time off to pursue a modeling and acting career in New York City while taking law classes part time. Brown returned to BCLS and graduated in January of 1985 (yearbook photo here).
Once an underdog in January’s special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, the former state senator became a heavy favorite in the week leading up to the election, soundly defeating the Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley. Massachusetts is now represented in the U.S. Senate by two Boston College Law School alumni.
This will not be Brown’s first turn at speaking at Boston College Law School, as the BCLS Republicans student group sponsored a speaking engagement in March 2009. Eaglei has previously covered Scott Brown’s financial disclosure and properties, complete with a copy of the financial disclosure. Also see a short interview with Nate Kenyon, the Law School’s Director of Marketing.