Dear Members of the Class of 2020 and Families:

I am pleased to announce that renowned Catholic scholar and founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal, Ph.D. will address the Class of 2020 and receive an honorary degree at Assumption College’s 103rd Commencement on Sunday, August 23. James T. Brett, President and Chief Executive Officer of The New England Council, and Kenneth J. Bates G’90, President and Chief Executive Officer of Open Sky Community Services, will also receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.

As a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning, faith and reason are fundamental foundations upon which students engage in a thoughtful and intense academic journey in pursuit of knowledge and truth. We are honored to welcome Dr. Royal to share his insights with the Class of 2020 as they prepare to embark upon lives of purpose and meaning. Despite the postponement of Commencement to August, Assumption is committed to providing a proper recognition to celebrate students’ academic achievements.