Cambridge College Announces 2013 Honorary Degree Recipients and Commencement Speaker

May 21, 2013, 14:43 ET from Cambridge College

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Cambridge College announced that an honorary doctor of humane letters will be presented to Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston, and Dr. Ian Smith, best-selling author, physician and TV personality.  The 42nd Commencement Exercises will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Bank of America Pavilion.

A national leader on neighborhood issues, Mayor Menino believes that government is about helping people.  Elected five times as Mayor of Boston and five times as a City Councilor from Hyde Park, he has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses. Over the course of his unprecedented five Mayoral terms, Mayor Menino has focused on providing the residents of Boston with quality education, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Some of Mayor Menino's numerous accomplishments and accolades include bringing the Democratic National Convention to Boston in 2004, positioning the City of Boston as the third greenest city in the United States in 2008, and fighting for commonsense gun reform legislation in his capacity as co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition. In 2006 he was president of the United States Conference of Mayors, and was named "Official of the Year" in 2001 by Governing magazine for effective neighborhood development in Boston. This model has spread to other cities as a result of its effectiveness. 

Mayor Menino holds an Associate's Degree in Business Management from Chamberlayne Junior College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. Ian Smith is a best-selling author, TV personality and physician who was recently appointed by President Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  He is the number one bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash Diet, and The 4 Day Diet and Happy.  Dr. Smith is also the creator and founder of two far-reaching national health initiatives — The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile.  

He is a medical contributor on The Rachael Ray Show, host of the nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch on American Urban Radio Networks and served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1's highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club.

Dr. Ian Smith will also deliver the commencement address.

About Cambridge College:
Cambridge College ( is dedicated to providing academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of adult learners for whom those opportunities may have been limited or denied.  Founded in 1971, Cambridge College is a private non-profit institution of higher education accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, (NEASC CIHE). Comprised of four schools –Undergraduate Studies, Education, Psychology and Counseling, and Management – Cambridge College enrolls more than 8,000 students each year in professional education and undergraduate, graduate and doctorate-level degree programs at the main campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and across seven regional centers nationwide in Springfield and Merrimack Valley, MA; Chesapeake, VA; Memphis, TN; Augusta, GA; San Juan, PR; and Inland Empire, CA. The College accepts selected transfer credits for both graduate and undergraduate programs, and schedules evening and weekend classes designed for adult learners. 

SOURCE Cambridge College