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UMass awards 5,500 bachelor’s degrees at commencement

May 6, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts awarded about 5,500 bachelor’s degrees during commencement ceremonies on its main campus in Amherst.

Friday’s graduation ceremony featured an address from Twitter executive Wayne Chang.

The former UMass student left the school early to pursue his career as an Internet entrepreneur, but came back to receive an honorary doctorate.

Chang, who is currently the director of product strategy at Twitter told the graduates to, “Make your own rules, hack the system and change the world.”

The school also honored former UMass Amherst faculty member Sheila Blair, who served as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2006 to 2011. Bair is currently president of Washington College in Maryland.

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