MSPP Thirty-Second Commencement, 2012
Conferral of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon Richard “Rif” Freedman
This degree is offered “honoris causa” or “out of respect or admiration.” A medieval tradition allows institutions of higher learning to waive the usual academic work that is the requirement of the doctor’s degree for those who have so distinguished themselves in the “college of life” that their accomplishments warrant this recognition and the academy desires them to be among its faculty of professors.
Richard “Rif” Freedman
Businessman, Consultant, Mentor, Humanitarian
You bring your organizational skills and your wisdom to support and promote the mission of important educational and social service institutions. Your generosity and your discretion allow your good counsel to be sought and your friendship to be prized.
Whereas, you are a change agent; accepting responsibility and engaging even more when things are difficult to move organizations forward; and
Whereas, you are a compassionate witness, a sensible mentor, a bold leader and a devoted family man; and
Whereas, you combine an unerring moral compass and a commitment to social justice with unusual business acumen to advance organizations and to bring hope to people’s lives; and
Whereas, you are a man of charm, intelligence, indefatigable energy, dependability and commitment who is quick to share credit for great deeds; and
Whereas, you are a righteous man who readily assumes the responsibility to heal, to repair and to transform the world.
By virtue of the authority invested in me by the Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I confer upon you the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, and invest you with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto. In token, thereof, I hand to you this Diploma and direct that you be vested with the hood appropriate to your degree.
Nicholas A. Covino, President
June 3, 2012