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Framingham State's 175th Commencement Sunday

Former Framingham Selectman Dennis Giombetti, Framingham State Class of 1975, recently retired Framingham Parks & Recreation Director Robert Merusi, FSU Graduate Class of 1996 will each receive an award.

Framingham Patch file photo - 1992 FSU graduationm
Framingham Patch file photo - 1992 FSU graduationm
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone will deliver the undergraduate commencement address and receive an honorary degree during Framingham State University’s 175th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

The University will also award a posthumous honorary degree to renowned education reformer Horace Mann, the state’s first Secretary of Education who founded Framingham State in 1839 as the first public normal school in America. 

“As we celebrate our 175th Horace Mann, whose vision for the Massachusetts Normal Schools paved the way for higher education to be extended to new segments of the population, including women and minorities,” said University Interim President Robert A. Martin. 

Framingham State’s undergraduate Commencement will take place at 2 p.m. on the Framingham Centre Common. The Graduate Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m.  Expect delays near that area most of the day.

Framingham State University will award Citizen Laureate Awards to two Framingham natives, during its graduation weekend.

Former Framingham Selectman Dennis Giombetti, Framingham State Class of 1975, recently retired Framingham Parks & Recreation Director Robert Merusi, FSU Graduate Class of 1996 will each receive the award.

The Citizen Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have consistently supported Framingham State and the Framingham community.

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