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May 3, 2018

Jackie MacMullan to Deliver Commencement Address

Nationally-recognized sports columnist, author and television broadcaster Jackie MacMullan will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Emmanuel College's 96th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The College will also confer honorary degrees on Charles F. Monahan Jr., president of MCPHS University, and Sister Mary Alice McCabe, SNDdeN, who has dedicated her life to serving others in Brazil and Nicaragua.

Jackie MacMullan

Ms. MacMullan, a columnist on, appears weekly on ESPN's "Around the Horn" television show, and is regularly featured on local Boston news and radio stations. Previously a sports columnist and editor for The Boston Globe for more than 25 years, Ms. MacMullan was honored with multiple national awards from the Associated Press for her investigative reporting and feature writing. She co-authored a book with NBA legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Ms. MacMullan carries the distinction of being the first and only woman to receive the Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for a career of excellence in basketball writing and reporting, which is one of many honors she has received over the years. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she played four years of basketball. She was the recipient of both the Robert Perry Student-Athlete of the Year Award and the Dean Williamson Award, given to that student that "excels in scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University." She was inducted into the University of New Hampshire's Hall of Honor in 2001. She is a graduate of Westwood (Mass.) High School.  

For many years Ms. MacMullan has been heavily involved in charitable work for Huntington's Disease and was honored in the fall of 2007 by its New England chapter for her tireless efforts. The New England Patriots awarded her its prestigious Ron Burton Sr. Community Service Award in 2009 for her charitable endeavors, which also includes work on behalf of the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club, the New England Hemophilia Association, and the Shooting Touch foundation.  

During the ceremony, the College will award honorary degrees to two additional individuals who exemplify Emmanuel's mission and values by their superb contributions to their professions and to society. 


Charles F. Monahan Jr. became the fifth president of MCPHS University in 1997 after 35 years as a practicing pharmacist. Prior to his inauguration as president, he served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees for 18 years, the last six as chairman of the board. Under President Monahan's leadership, MCPHS University has experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment, facilities, research and endowment. He led a $100 million expansion of the Boston campus and the development of the School of Pharmacy and other health professions. Most recently, he oversaw the University's acquisition of Boston's Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and the opening of the University's third campus in Manchester, NH. President Monahan previously owned and operated Monahan Pharmacy, running six pharmacies in the city of Worcester for over three decades. He has served on the Board of Directors for Fallon Community Health Plan, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees for St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. 


Sister Mary Alice McCabe, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, served in Northeast Brazil for nearly five decades, ministering with the local fishermen and famers in their struggle for land usage and sustainability. Since 1978, she has worked in Maceió, a Base Christian Community in Northeastern Brazil, assisting the coastal community in defending its livelihood against big business. In her recently published book, Our Struggle was a Sacred Struggle, she provides oral histories of over 60 men and women who share their challenges and triumphs, including the historical struggle for land rights during the 1980s. Sister Mary Alice is a graduate of Emmanuel College and has dedicated her life to serving others in Brazil and Nicaragua.