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Television journalist Mary Richardson to speak at Regis College commencement

April 20, 2009

Mary Jane England ’59, MD, Regis College president, has announced that the 2009 honorary degree recipient is WCVB-TV, Channel 5, reporter and anchor Mary Richardson. Commencement will be held Sunday, May 17, in the Tower Gardens at 10 a.m. Richardson, who will be the commencement speaker, has been one of the region’s leading broadcast journalists for over three decades.

Regis College will confer 478 degrees, including bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of social work degrees; master of science degrees in nursing, health product regulation, communication, and leadership; master of arts in teaching degrees; and post-master's certificates in nursing. Ten candidates will receive the first doctorate conferred by the College, namely, the doctorate of nursing practice or DNP. This is the 79th graduation class for Regis, which was founded 82 years ago by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston.

“We are proud to honor Mary Richardson, who has given so much to us all in greater Boston,” Dr. England commented. “We live in difficult times and more than ever need media communicators who can explain, inform and interpret at the highest level. Her professional standards, integrity, and commitment to civic and charitable endeavors are a model for our students and for the larger community.”

Richardson began her broadcasting career in 1973 at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, CA. and came to New England in 1978 to become the first female in Boston to co-anchor an 11 o’clock newscast, on the former WNAC-TV. She joined WCVB, Channel 5, in 1980 as a news reporter and anchor. She also served as host for four years of Five on Five, a long-running WCVB weekly public affairs series. Since 1984, she has been co-anchor of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle, the nation’s longest running locally produced nightly newsmagazine, syndicated nationally on the Arts and Entertainment Cable Network and on other cable stations.

Commencement weekend will also include baccalaureate services, which begin Saturday, May 16, at 3:30 p.m., followed by a baccalaureate liturgy in the Regis College Fine Arts Center.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors, graduate degree programs in education, communication, leadership and service, health product regulation, public administration and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.

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