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2016 29 Who Shine Awards Ceremony

Monday, May 9, 2016
12:00 PM
Massachusetts State House

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Who Are the "29 Who Shine?"

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched 29 Who Shine, a commencement season awards program to recognize 29 outstanding student graduates from the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. Each honoree from a community college, state university or University of Massachusetts campus is nominated by a faculty or staff member, or by a university awards committee.

The criteria:

Whether furthering their education or entering careers in fields such as education, public policy, health care, creative arts, or engineering, the "29 Who Shine" embody the vibrant future that we all envision for the Commonwealth.

The Awards Ceremony

Each year the Governor honors the “29 Who Shine” at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. Approximately 250 invited guests attend the event, including House and Senate leaders, the Secretary of Education, Commissioner of Higher Education, members of the Board of Higher Education, college presidents, chancellors, business and non-profit leaders, students and their families.

Reception with Legislators

Prior to the awards ceremony, student honorees and family members meet their legislative representatives at a reception outside the House Chamber. Students’ state senators and state representatives are invited to present their district honorees with citations and pose for photographs.

Faculty/Staff Luncheon

The Massachusetts Teachers Association joins the Department of Higher Education in honoring the faculty and staff mentors of the student honorees at a luncheon immediately following the student awards ceremony.

Publishers’ Campaign

Each year the publishers of most Massachusetts daily newspapers donate full-page color ads and on-line photo galleries to salute the “29 Who Shine.” Most local media also publish profiles of student honorees.

A Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership among the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Community Colleges, the State University System of Massachusetts, and the University of Massachusetts