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Regis to recognize Carolyn Lynch and Amy Lind Corbett '70 at commencement on May 12April 20, 2012
Carolyn Lynch and Amy Lind Corbett ’70 to be speakers
Regis College president Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, has announced that Carolyn Lynch and Amy Lind Corbett ’70 will each receive the honorary doctorate of laws and deliver commencement addresses at the College’s 2012 graduation ceremonies. “Their characters and achievements exemplify the objectives, mission, and charism of the College and its founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston,” noted Hays. Carolyn Lynch is president and CEO of the Lynch Foundation, established by Carolyn and Peter Lynch in 1987, and Amy Lind Corbett ’70, is the New England Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Commencement will be held Saturday, May 12, in the Tower Gardens at 10 a.m.
Regis College will confer 529 degrees, including associate of science; bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of social work degrees. One hundred and seventy will receive master’s degrees in education,communication, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management and nursing. Some will receivepost-master's certificates in nursing, and 18 candidates will receive a doctorate of nursing practice or DNP, the third year of doctorates being conferred.
This is the 82nd graduation class for Regis, which was founded in 1927.
For 25 years, under the guidance of Carolyn Lynch, the Lynch Foundation has provided assistance to programs primarily in Massachusetts with an emphasis on education; culture and historic preservation; healthcare and medical research; and religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. The Foundation was one of the original investors in City Year and one of the initial funding sources for Partners in Health, the organization founded by Dr. Paul Farmer to improve health in some of the world’s most destitute nations. Through organizations like Renew International, the Lynch Foundation supports the Catholic Church’s work to strengthen parishes.
“We are honored to have Carolyn Lynch as a Regis honorary degree recipient and speaker, “ said President Hays. “She is absolutely the embodiment of our founding Sisters of Saint Joseph’s dedication to serving the dear neighbor.”
Ms. Corbett is the national leader for FAA's Aviation and Space Education Program designed to strengthen the foundation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics amongstudents seeking careers in the aviation and space industries. A licensed pilot, she is also the agency's liaison to Women in Aviation, International, a premier organization whose membership exceeds 8,000 aviation enthusiasts. An attorney and 1970 graduate of Regis College, she began her FAA career in November 1981.
“Amy Lind Corbett stands out for her success in fields traditionally inimical to women’s advancement,” said President Hays. “She validates our College’s deep commitment to the so-called STEM disciplines, that is, science, technology, engineering and math. We are very proud of her and honor her efforts to educate younger women to follow in her footsteps.”
Commencement weekend will also include baccalaureate services, which begin Friday May 11, at 3:00 p.m., followed by a baccalaureate liturgy in the Regis College Fine Arts Center.