BOSTON, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fisher College is proud to announce today that Alek Skarlatos, who was awarded the United States Army Soldier's Medal and the Legion of Honour, France's highest decoration, will serve as distinguished Commencement Speaker at its 112th Commencement Ceremony at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11 am.
Skarlatos, an Oregon National Guardsman, received international praise as one of three American travelers who stopped a terrorist attack when they tackled and subdued a terror suspect on a Paris bound train in August 2015. French President Francois Hollande said Skarlatos and his fellow heroes, "gave us a lesson in courage, in will, and therefore in hope."
Fisher College will also present Mr. Skarlatos with an Honorary Degree during graduation exercises.
"I am grateful to accept this honor on behalf of my friends and fellow passengers Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler and all those men and women who work tirelessly to prevent acts of terrorism around the world," said Skarlatos.
"We are truly honored to have Alek Skarlatos address our graduates this year," said Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, president of Fisher College. "Mr. Skarlatos' dedication to his country by serving in the National Guard, his dedication to pursuing his education as a college student in Oregon, and his act of heroism aboard that Paris bound train, are commendable and serve as an inspiration for our students, their families and our faculty and staff members."
Skarlatos is the co-author of an upcoming book which chronicles how he and others heroically thwarted the terrorist attack titled The 15:17 To Paris, to be published by PublicAffairs in August 2016. He also recently competed on ABC's hit television program Dancing with the Stars where he finished in third place.
Previous Fisher College Commencement Speakers include Boston Marathon heroes Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman and New England Patriots co-captain Matthew Slater.
About Fisher College Fisher College is an accredited four-year college located in Boston's historic Back Bay with instructional site locations in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleborough. Fisher provides affordable, real-world educations that prepare students to achieve their career goals and compete in today's challenging economy. For over a century, Fisher has been changing lives by providing opportunities to students focused on the three most important aspects of a college experience: education, dedication, and life.
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