FRAMINGHAM — Congresswoman Katherine Clark will deliver this year's commencement address to Framingham State University's graduating class of 2021.

The May 23 ceremony will be virtual due to COVID-19.

"We are fortunate to be represented by a Congresswoman who shares our students’ passion for issues such as social justice, protecting our environment, supporting public education, and helping working families,” said university President F. Javier Cevallos. "We are honored that Congresswoman Clark has accepted our invitation."

Clark, of Melrose, represents the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts, which locally includes Ashland, Holliston, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston. She first won the seat in a special election in December 2013.

Before that, she served as a state senator, school committee member, state representative, general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and policy chief for the state attorney general.

In the fall of 2020, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as assistant speaker of the House. It is the fourth-ranking post in the House leadership.

During the ceremony, Framingham State will present Clark with an honorary doctoral degree in Public Service.


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