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Since 1885, American International College has been preparing students for rewarding lives and careers. This year's commencement continues our proud tradition of transforming lives as over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees and begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. AIC Provost Dr. Todd G. Fritch believes great things are in store for this year’s graduates. "Our 2013 graduates represent so much promise for the future. They are a diverse, accomplished, and talented collection of individuals. AIC is proud of each and every one of our graduates, and we look forward to watching them excel in their professional and personal lives in the years to come," says Fritch.
The commencement ceremony will be held at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA at 3:00 p.m. Get Directions!
Attorney A. Craig Brown of Longmeadow and educator Mary Raissi Stewart, '42, of Enfield, Connecticut, will receive honorary degrees at this year’s commencement. Brown will also deliver the commencement address.
Brown is a member of the Springfield law firm of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C., and is treasurer of the AIC board of trustees. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Brown received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1977. He serves on several area boards, including the Springfield School Volunteers, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, and the Urban League of Springfield. Brown also served as a high school and college lacrosse official for many years, and is the founder and former president of both Western Mass. Lacrosse, Inc., and Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse, Inc.
After receiving her bachelor's degree from AIC in 1942, Stewart began a teaching career that would eventually span five decades. She returned to AIC in 1949, after receiving her master's degree from the University of Connecticut, and worked in the alumni office coordinating events and organizing and archiving files for each of AIC's previous classes, beginning with 1885, the year AIC was founded. Stewart worked for law offices off and on during her career, but she primarily taught secretarial and management courses at Moody Secretarial School, Holyoke Community College, and the University of Vermont. She also as served as a chief yeoman in the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 1940s and in the reserves after that. She also taught business courses for the Coast Guard.