Thirty-Sixth Commencement, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 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 - Joan Wallace-Benjamin

Joan WallaceJoan Wallace-Benjamin joined The Home for Little Wanderers in 2003 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under her guidance, the agency has gained prominence in the field of child and family service providers, becoming a leader in innovative programming for underserved populations and expanding its role of advocacy for all children.

Previously, Joan was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts for 11 years and immediately prior to joining The Home, she served as a Consultant with Whitehead Mann, a global executive recruiting firm. She has also served as Director of Operations for Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; Deputy Director of ABCD Head Start, and a Research Analyst for ABT Associates. Joan took a short detour from The Home in 2007 when she answered Governor-Elect Deval Patrick's call to serve as Chief of Staff on his transition team and in the first months of office. Joan has brought to all of her positions a remarkable array of skills and energy that have empowered and inspired the organizations to fulfill their missions of service, research and advocacy.

Joan has received awards too numerous to list in full, but a sampling includes being named one of Boston magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women, February 2011; the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service City Champion Award, October 2010; Urban League Civil Rights Award, April 2007; Pinnacle Award, Achievement in Management Non-Profit from the Boston Chamber of Commerce, January 2005. Joan holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1993), Newbury College, Chestnut Hill, MA (2005), and Curry College, Milton, MA (2009) and Bridgewater State University (in May 2011) and New England Law, Boston (May, 2013).

Joan serves on the Board of Directors of Bridgewater State University and was appointed by Governor Patrick to co chair with Juvenile Court Judge, Joan McMenemy on the Families and Children Requiring Assistance Advisory Board. Joan is a former Trustee of Wellesley College and member of the Board of Overseers for The Heller School for Social Policy & Management. Additionally she has been a Corporation Member of Northeastern University and a Trustee of Pine Manor College. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Psychology and received her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Guests

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 be ordered online.

Photography

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 will be 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 
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
800-225-2008 
Reserve a room with William James College Room Block here.
www.bostonparkplaza.com

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
www.cpboston-newton.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston-Needham 
80 B Street 
Needham, MA 02494 
Phone: 781-444-5750 
Fax: 781-449-1781 
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosnh-residence-inn-boston-needham/
Corporate Code: OXS
30 minutes from graduation site by car

Sheraton Needham 
100 Cabot Street 
Needham, MA 02494 
Phone: 781-444-1110 
Fax: 781-455-8617 
William James College Corporate Code: 397902 
www.sheratonneedham.com/William-james-college
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
617-482-8380
www.motormartgarage.com
Rates:
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
617-954-2098
www.bostonparking.spplus.com
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
www.200stuartstreetgarage.com
Rates:
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!

William James College Frame for Diploma

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