Citation to the 2018 Honorary Degree recipient
Governor Michael Stanley Dukakis
Presented by William B. Vogele, Professor of Political Science
May 20th, 2018
Governor Michael S. Dukakis is a native son of Brookline, Massachusetts, a former governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a nominee for President of the United States, and a tireless champion of the public good and public service.
Governor Dukakis earned his Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and his law degree from Harvard University School of Law. He has been awarded a number of honorary degrees, including from his alma mater and from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut.
His long career of public service began early. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea from 1955 to 1957. Almost as soon as he finished law school, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving for eight years in the 1960s. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts three times – in 1975, 1983 and 1987. For his gubernatorial leadership in 1986 he was voted the Most Effective Governor in the United States by his peers of the National Governors’ Association.
His leadership and character were also instrumental in securing his nomination as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 1988. In the past thirty years he has served on the Board of Amtrak and he has mentored emerging leaders, such as former governor Deval Patrick and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Today, Governor Dukakis continues to share his experience and insight as a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, and a Visiting Professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.
Accomplishments and awards are important recognitions achievement. Of these, Governor Dukakis has many, all richly deserved. It is character and passion, however that define a person. Governor Michael S. Dukakis embodies the values of achievement, public service, community, and persistence that Pine Manor College represents.
Like many of our students, he is the son of immigrants who clearly instilled in him a passion for education. And, like many students and like Pine Manor College itself, he cares deeply for community. He strives to make connections among individuals and communities and seeks to promote the public good.
Pine Manor College is proud today to have him join our community with the award of this honorary degree.