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Davis to address UMass-Lowell graduates

April 29, 2013

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Ed Davis, the Boston police commissioner who became a national figure in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, has been selected to deliver the commencement address at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The 57-year-old Davis is also expected to receive an honorary doctor of humane letters at the May 18 ceremony at which nearly 3,200 students are expected to earn degrees.

Davis is a Lowell native who led the city’s police department for 12 years until being named commissioner in Boston in 2006.

UMass-Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan says Davis has been a “symbol of strength” for the entire nation since the bombings April 15 that killed three and injured more than 260.

Davis says he’s “truly honored” to deliver the address in a city he still considers home.

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