August 7, 2019
Ambassador Kennedy to Keynote Emmanuel College Convocation

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the official 100th anniversary of its opening, Emmanuel College will welcome diplomat and best-selling author Caroline Kennedy to its Fenway campus to deliver the keynote address at Academic Convocation. The event is an annual tradition which signifies the formal beginning of the academic year. Emmanuel’s 2019 Centennial marks 70 years since Ambassador Kennedy’s father, John F. Kennedy, served as the College’s commencement speaker.

"We are thrilled to be welcoming Caroline Kennedy to Emmanuel College on this most historic day. Over the decades, I have experienced firsthand the impact and legacy of the Kennedy family," said President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN. "As we look to the future of the College in our second century, Ambassador Kennedy's work internationally and focus on leadership, education and civic engagement will resonate strongly with our students and the wider Emmanuel community."

Caroline Kennedy was the 29th United States Ambassador to Japan, the first woman to hold the position. During her tenure she helped realize the United States military's return of land on Okinawa to the Japanese government, the largest land transfer since 1972, became an advocate for Japanese women in business and politics, and played a pivotal role in President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima.

The eldest child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Caroline is Honorary President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1989, she established the Profile in Courage Award which honors elected officials who have shown political courage.

From law and politics to education reform and charitable work, Ambassador Kennedy has committed her life to public works, serving as a member and founder of numerous non-profits, boards, and foundations. She has served as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, dedicated to engaging the private sector in school reform, and as the director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education. She has authored, co-authored, or edited more than a dozen books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry. 

She is an Honorary Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University Institute of Politics and a member of the national board of directors for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Kennedy holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia University. 

Academic Convocation will be co-sponsored by the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim '70 Lecture Series, established by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late spouse. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. and registration is available online at https://alumni.emmanuel.edu/events/centennial-convocation.

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