- Campus Life
Attorney A. Craig Brown of Longmeadow and educator Mary Raissi Stewart, '42, of Enfield, Conn., will receive honorary degrees at the American International College commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 19. The ceremony will take place at the Mass Mutual Center beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Brown will be the keynote speaker at the AIC Commencement. He is a member of the Springfield law firm of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C., and treasurer of the AIC board of trustees.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Brown also received a master's degree from Georgetown University. He serves on several area boards, including the Springfield School Volunteers, Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Urban League of Springfield.
Brown served as a high school and college lacrosse official for many years, and is the founder and past president of both the Western Mass. Lacrosse, Inc., and the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse, Inc.
After receiving her bachelor's degree from AIC in 1942, Stewart began her teaching career, a career that spanned five decades. Stewart returned to AIC in 1949, after receiving her master's degree from UConn, and worked in the Alumni Office coordinating events like reunion, and setting up files for each of the previous classes at the college beginning with 1885, the year AIC was founded.
Although she still lives in St. Croix for most of the year, during the summer, she lives in Middletown, Conn. She has been active locally speaking at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Enfield about her experiences in St. Croix.
Stewart worked for law offices off and on during her career, but primarily she 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 40s and in the reserves after that. She also taught business courses for the Coast Guard.