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February 2, 2017

Emmanuel College Names Rosanne Haggerty as 2017 Commencement Speaker. Founder of Community Solutions Leads Innovative Efforts to End Homelessness on a National Scale.

Emmanuel College will hold its 95th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 13, at 11:00 a.m.

Rosanne Haggerty will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Emmanuel College’s 95th Commencement Exercises on May 13. Ms. Haggerty is the founder and President of New York-based Community Solutions, which is dedicated to ending homelessness, strengthening communities and changing the conditions that perpetuate poverty. She is internationally recognized for her leadership of innovations such as the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a movement of 186 U.S. communities that collectively found permanent homes for more than 105,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless Americans between 2010 and 2014, and Built for Zero, a national effort that has already helped six communities end veteran homelessness outright.

“With her courageous and creative approach to complex social problems—and with her focus on the dignity of each person—Rosanne Haggerty exemplifies the values at the heart of Emmanuel’s Catholic educational mission,” said President Sister Janet Eisner, SND. “We look forward to hearing her inspiring words as the members of the Class of 2017 prepare to launch exciting new chapters in lives of leadership, scholarship and purpose.”

In addition to being featured twice on “60 Minutes,” Ms. Haggerty has received a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and was among 31 social entrepreneurs from 25 different countries awarded attendance to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, part of her designation as a Schwab Social Entrepreneur. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, where she is a Life Trustee. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at New York University.