MSPP Thirty-Second Commencement, 2012
Conferral of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon Honorable Thomas M. Menino
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.
Thomas M. Menino
Policy Maker, National Leader, Community Champion, Urban Mechanic, Humanitarian
Your commitment to the people of Boston has revitalized the city, empowered its neighborhoods, protected our vulnerable populations, engaged its many voices with respect, made the Office of the Mayor accessible, and indelibly shaped this city’s future.
Whereas, you have developed a values-driven office that emphasizes building community, respect for diversity, compassion for the poor, protection for the rights of children and safeguarding the environment through your attentiveness to sustainable development principles and by making our city bike-friendly; and
Whereas, you inspire us with your tireless work ethic, your accessibility, your unwavering commitment to excellence in education, your creative support for small business people and your commitment to make Boston one of the nation’s most livable cities; and
Whereas, you are at home in every neighborhood of the City and you respond to the needs of your constituents without regard for their position or privilege and you ‘show up’ for those who need comfort, consolation or counsel; and
Whereas, you have been influential in securing a system of health care for the poor, instrumental at reversing the City’s poorly performing schools, indefatigable as an advocate for jobs and programs for young people and raised the supply of affordable housing; and
Whereas, your availability to the city is legendary, you have accomplished much in your five terms each as Mayor of Boston and as City Counselor. You are honest, straightforward and authentic and of, equal importance, we admire the manner in which you publicly prize your relationship to your wife Angela.
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