Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to Give Convocation Address

Posted April 13th, 2009 at 3:44 pm.

nutter1Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will give the commencement convocation address to Bryn Mawr College’s graduating class on Saturday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. on Merion Green.

“Mayor Nutter has been an important advocate for the many institutions of higher education in the Philadelphia region. He has made increasing the college-degree attainment rate and reducing the high-school drop out rate of city residents a top priority. His efforts to create a transparent and participatory government have given residents the chance to become more involved with city governance and to make meaningful contributions to their community,” says Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe.

Prior to being elected mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, Nutter served as a city councilman for nearly 15 years. He has been a leading voice for ethics reform in city government and for reducing violent crime throughout the city; an advocate for urban economic development, strengthening city schools, and improving the health of city residents; and a strong proponent of creating a transparent and inclusive city budget process.

Nutter is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as an investment manager at one of the nation’s leading minority-owned investment-banking and brokerage firms before pursuing a career in public service.

Bryn Mawr College divides the Commencement festivities into two parts: convocation and commencement.

Convocation occurs on Saturday and features an address from an invited guest speaker along with remarks from the senior class president(s) and representatives from Bryn Mawr’s graduate schools. Degrees are conferred on Sunday at commencement.

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