Thursday, May 23, 2013

Senator Karen Spilka named Citizen Laureate by Framingham State University

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Senator Spilka and Dr. Timothy Flanagan at Framingham State University
On Sunday morning, May 19th Senator Karen Spilka was presented with the Citizen Laureate Award at the Framingham State University graduate commencement ceremony.  The award, given annually to an individual who has consistently supported the University, was awarded to Spilka in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the MetroWest region.  President Flanagan praised Spilka for her leadership in advancing public transportation and strengthening public higher education in the Commonwealth.

Accepting the award, she remarked on the importance of the University in her career. "In my many years as a MetroWest resident and legislator, I have had a long and extremely rewarding relationship with Framingham State University – we are truly partners in advancing higher education," Spilka said. "FSU is a prime example of what makes my work as a public servant worthwhile: the opportunity to invest resources, creativity and new ideas into an institution that prepares the next generation for the challenges you will face in the 21st century."

Later in the day Spilka addressed the thousands of students, faculty, families and friends gathered for Framingham State's 174th undergraduate commencement ceremony to offer the formal Greetings Commonwealth of Massachusetts and introduce U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, the commencement speaker.

Spilka said of Warren: "Elizabeth Warren's hope is our hope – America's hope – that we remain the land of unequaled opportunity, - that each of you will able to use your unique talents in the service of our country and our economy without being crippled by student debt and an increasingly unfair playing field - and that we will build a better tomorrow for ourselves and our children" 
Senator Spilka represents the Second Middlesex and Norfolk district, comprised of the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick.  Through hard work, a keen ability to navigate complex issues, and a demonstrated commitment to advocating for her constituents, Spilka has risen to a leadership position in the Massachusetts legislature.  She currently serves as Majority Whip in the Senate and as chair of the Tech Hub and Biotech Caucuses.  She previously served as Senate chair of the Job Creation Commission, the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation's first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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