Fisher College is proud to announce today that Boston Marathon heroes Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman will serve as distinguished Commencement Speakers at its 110th Commencement Ceremony, on May 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the John Hancock Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman became symbols of courage during the Boston Marathon tragedy through their actions on that fateful day and the days and months that followed. Arredondo, captured in an iconic photograph, helped save Bauman’s life by wrapping a makeshift tourniquet around his leg and wheeling him to safety.
Despite suffering the loss of both legs, Jeff Bauman is credited with helping authorities identify suspected bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Both men have become close friends since the ordeal and have inspired millions of people around the world. In January 2014, both men were invited to President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Address by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“Fisher College is located just a couple of blocks from the finish line and many of our students and faculty members were at the marathon when the bombs went off. The tragedy is personal to us as it is to all Bostonians,” said Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, president of Fisher College. “Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman are true heroes and will provide our graduates with a unique and valuable message about meeting their greatest challenges and reaching their goals.”
This will mark the first time that Fisher College will have two Commencement speakers.
“I have learned that we each have the ability to help each other under the worst of circumstances,” said Carlos Arredondo. “I hope our speech will help Fisher College graduates to be better prepared for life.”
“We’re honored to be chosen to speak to the 2014 graduates of Fisher College,” said Jeff Bauman. “My mission is to help others find their own strength to assist themselves and those less fortunate in their communities.”
Jeff Bauman is the author of a new book called “Stronger” which chronicles life story. For more information, please visit www.jeffbaumanstronger.com. Carlos Arredondo is a passionate speaker and advocate for the rights of military servicemen and women. He has also established The Arredondo Brothers Memorial Fund in honor of his sons at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, Massachusetts.
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 Attleboro. 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.
Fisher’s Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies offers a variety of online degree programs that provide flexible scheduling to busy students earning their degree. Additionally, Fisher’s “Military to Management” initiative proudly offers benefits and flexible degree options to veterans and active military personnel seeking higher education. Recently, Fisher College launched its new Transportation Safety Initiative that will work to educate students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving habits that can save lives. For more information about Fisher College, please call (617) 236-8800 or visit www.fisher.edu