First Lady Diane Patrick Accepts Honorary Degree

Pine Manor College bestowed an honorary doctorate in law on Massachusetts’ First Lady Diane Patrick at a special ceremony at the College, located in Chestnut Hill, on Wednesday, October 7, 2009.

Mrs. Patrick said that Pine Manor College is a force in higher education and is sending shockwaves across the state and the nation.  She also noted that the twin pillars of the College—inclusive leadership and social responsibility—could not be more important both to her personally and to society generally.

In presenting the degree, PMC President Gloria Nemerowicz said “We honor you today with admiration for your accomplishments as an attorney and a teacher and with gratitude for your extraordinary commitment to public service.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is fortunate to have your leadership as First Lady, and we are proud to welcome you as an exceptional role model to our College community.  Your career has always been distinguished by intelligence, compassion and concern for others.  As a former public school teacher, you know first hand how essential education is for building communities, informing civic engagement and developing an effective workforce.  For all that you do to promote social justice and to encourage empowerment through education, we are proud to honor you today.”