• 35th Commencement

    Sunday, June 7 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Martha Coakley to deliver commencement address.

Thirty-Fifth Commencement, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 11:00 am
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA

Commencement will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel at 11:00 am.  All graduates should arrive at the hotel by 9:00 am. The ceremony will last 2 to 2.5 hours.

Commencement Speaker - Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley This year's William James College Commencement speaker, Martha Coakley began her legal career in 1979, practicing civil litigation with Boston firms Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and Goodwin Procter LLP. After serving in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Coakley was invited by the U.S. Justice Department to join the Boston Organized Crime Strike Force as a Special Attorney .

Coakley was elected Middlesex District Attorney in 1998, where she became a passionate advocate for public safety. In 2007, Coakley became the first female Attorney General of Massachusetts, and her focus expanded to an even broader range of community issues.

Throughout her career, Coakley has been involved in various community and professional organizations and honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Victim Rights Law Center.

Coakley graduated cum laude from Williams College, receiving her B.A. degree in 1975. In 1979, she received her J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, Jr. and their two Labradors, Jefferson and Jackson .

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Honorary Degree Recipient - Kevin Cullen

Kevin CullenKevin Cullen is an author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for The Boston Globe since 1985. At the Globe, he served as a local, national and foreign correspondent before becoming a columnist. He initially worked as the newspaper's law enforcement correspondent, and spent several stints on the Spotlight Team, the Globe's investigative unit. He was part of the team that first exposed the mobster James "Whitey" Bulger as an FBI informant in 1988. 

Cullen spent more than 20 years covering the conflict in Northern Ireland, and in 1994 was honored by the Overseas Press Club of America for interpretive reporting from Northern Ireland. 

In 1997, he was appointed as Dublin bureau chief, covering the peace process in Northern Ireland full time, the only American journalist who did so. After a year in Dublin, he moved to London to serve as chief European correspondent, covering war in the former Yugoslavia. He reported from more than 20 countries across Europe. 

In 2001, after four years abroad, he returned to Boston and joined the Globe's investigative team which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for exposing the coverup of sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. In 2007, he was promoted to metro columnist and the following year won the Batten Medal from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for a selection of columns on people down on their luck. 

In 2014, Cullen won the Mike Royko Award as best columnist chosen by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was part of the team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Separately, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. 

Cullen has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster. His work appears regularly in The Irish Times and Sunday Independent in Ireland. He appears weekly on Newstalk radio's Lunchtime program in Ireland. He is co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, and was a contributor to the book, Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined II.

He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He wrote the opening chapter for the Houghton Mifflin anthology, Our Boston, to benefit victims of the Marathon bombings. A Boston native, Cullen was graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, attended Trinity College in Dublin, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  


Each graduate is allowed five seats for guests, if you are in need of additional seats for family and friends, please contact Denise Feeley at denise_feeley@williamjames.edu.  She will let you know about 2 weeks prior to commencement if addition seats are available.

Regalia (Cap & Gown)

Regalia for Graduation can now be ordered online here.


We will have a photographer taking pictures throughout the day. Our photographer will also take a photo of each graduate as they receive their diploma. These photos are available to view and purchase online.  

Please continue to check your William James College email for important information and updates about your commencement ceremony.

Hotel Accomodations

William James College has secured rates for student's friends and family at the following Hotels:

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

The Verb Hotel
1271 Boylston Street, Boston
7 minutes from graduation site by car
Reservations: 855-695-6678
Phone: 617-566-4500
Visitors 10% off Best Available Rate Code: MSPF
Book Online at The Verb Hotel

Crowne Plaza Boston Newton Hotel
320 Washington Street, Newton
20 minutes from graduation site by car
William James College Corporate Rate: request the "Mass School of Pro Psychology" corporate negotiated rate or reference corporate ID# 100306131
Click here for the special rate
617-969-3010 or 866-257-7857

Sheraton Needham
100 Cabot Street, Needham
30 minutes from graduation site by car

Parking Information

Park Plaza Hotel
Valet service is available at the Park Plaza
$28.00 for up to 8 hours
$48.00 for 8 hours plus (also the overnight valet parking rate)
Self-parking is across the street at the Motor Mart Garage (below)

Motor Mart Garage
26 Park Plaza/201 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Up to 1 Hour - $10.00
Up to 2 Hours - $12.00
2 to 3 Hours - $16.00
3 to 12 Hours - $20.00
12 to 24 Hours - $31.00

Boston Common Parking Garage
Charles Street between Boston Common and Public Garden
Located .4 miles from Boston Park Plaza
Weekend Rate:
1 hour or less - $10.00
3 hours or less - $14.00
Over 3 hours until 8am next day- $18.00

Radisson Hotel Parking Garage
200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Located .19 miles from Boston Park Plaza
Up to 1 hour-$10.00
1-2 hours-$14.00
2-3 hours-$18.00
3-12 hours-$22.00
12-24 hours-$40.00

Restaurants near the Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Restaurant Address Phone Number Distance from
Park Plaza
Davio's 75 Arlington Street 617-357-4810 140 feet
Via Matta Restaurant 79 Park Plaza 617-422-0008 180 feet
The Melting Pot Park Plaza Hotel 617-357-7007 274 feet
Smith & Wollensky 101 Arlington Street 617-423-1112 361 feet
Maggiano's Little Italy 4 Columbus Ave 617-542-3456 387 feet
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse 217 Stuart Street 617-292-0808 399 feet
Erbaluce 69 Church Street 617-426-6969 488 feet
Legal Sea Foods 26 Park Plaza 617-426-4444 .1 mile
Grille 23 161 Berkeley Street 617-542-2255 .1 mile
Troquet 140 Boylston Street 617-695-9463 .2 miles
P.F. Chang's China Bistro 8 Park Plaza D-6, Downtown 617-573-0821 .2 miles
Bristol Lounge 200 Boylston Street 617-338-4400 .2 miles
Teatro 177 Tremont Street 617-778-6841 .3 miles
Duozo 131 Dartmouth Street 617-859-8886 .4 miles
L'Espalier 774 Boylston Street 617-266-8800 .6 miles
Abe & Louie's 739 Boylston Street 617-536-6300 .6 miles
Capital Grille 900 Boylston Street 617-262-8900 .8 miles

Available for Purchase!

Framed Degree

The black matted frames with our logo (shown right) are 19x19 inches and can be purchased for $125 by contacting Denise Feeley directly at 617-327-6777 x 1200 or at denise_feeley@williamjames.edu.

Previous Commencement Remarks

President Covino 2013 Commencement Remarks
President Covino 2012 Commencement Remarks

Student Organizations

Student Organizations