Springfield College 2018 Commencement Speakers Announced

Journalist, Author Anna Quindlen to Deliver Springfield College Commencement Address
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen will deliver the commencement address at the 132nd Springfield College undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen will deliver the commencement address at the 132nd Springfield College undergraduate commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

Philanthropist and business executive Greg Toczydlowski will speak at the Springfield College graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m., on the College’s main campus.

Undergraduate Ceremony, Sunday, May 13, 9:30 a.m., MassMutual Center

Quindlen balances the political with the personal and has been followed by millions of readers for her astute perspectives on today’s issues, from family, work, and education to health care, philanthropy, and social justice.

“We are honored to welcome Anna Quindlen to Springfield as our 2018 undergraduate commencement speaker,” said Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College president. “Her life’s work not only serves as a shining example of the possibilities for our graduates who seek to build a socially and economically resilient society, it also aligns with our Springfield College mission of leadership in service to others.”

Twelve of Quindlen’s books, including seven of her novels, have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her latest novel, Alternate Side, was released in March. It is a provocative look at what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

Quindlen serves on the Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and is an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow. The Child Welfare League of America established “The Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families.”

Graduate Ceremony, Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m., Naismith Green

Greg Toczydlowski is President of Business Insurance. He is a member of the company’s Operating Committee and Management Committee. Since joining Travelers in 1990, he has had diverse management assignments, including leading operations across captive, direct, and independent agent distribution outlets. Previously, Toczydlowski was President of Small Commercial Business Insurance.

“As an alumnus and now trustee of the College, Greg is the perfect speaker for the College during these exciting times that are upon us,” said Cooper. “His multifaceted roles as a business executive, philanthropist, proud father of two college students, and a weekend farmer make him a natural choice to speak to our graduate students on this special day.”

Toczydlowski is the current chair of the Springfield College Board of Trustees, serving as a trustee since 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hartford.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. He and his wife, Mary-Jo, have twin sons and live on a farm in Granby, Connecticut.

Over the weekend, Springfield College will confer approximately 600 Bachelor of Science degrees in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, movement studies and sport management, education, business, and the arts and sciences. Also to be conferred are an approximate total of 500 master, doctoral, and certificates of advanced graduate study from the schools of social work; health sciences and rehabilitation studies; arts, sciences and professional studies; health, physical education, and recreation; and human services.

The ceremonies are open to the public. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the Office of Communications at (413) 748-3171 to discuss your accessibility needs. Springfield College is a smoke-and-tobacco-free campus.