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Commencement Speaker


Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and daughter of the late Fred Korematsu, will be the Commencement speaker at Saint Michael’s College on May 12 at 10 a.m. in the Ross Sports Center. 

Korematsu is a civil rights advocate, public speaker, and public educator whose civil liberties work is motivated by the experiences of her father in a World-War-II-era incarceration camp for Japanese Americans and his subsequent civil rights activism.

Korematsu shares her passion for social justice and education at K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, law schools, teachers’ conferences, and organizations across the country. Her work and her father’s legacy extend to advocating for civil liberties for all communities, and she addresses current issues that draw lessons from the past.

In addition to being the 2019 Saint Michael’s Commencement speaker, she will be presented an Honorary Doctorate, as is customary.

Also receiving Honorary Doctorates from Saint Michael’s College at the May 12 Commencement will be William Gallagher, former chairman and longtime member of the Saint Michael’s Board of Trustees, and David LaMarche ’60, a member of the College’s business faculty for many years who served in administrative posts.

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