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U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Joan Fabrics Chairman and CEO Elkin B. McCallum to speak at Bentley College Commencements

March 14, 2000

WALTHAM, MASS.- Bentley College commencement speakers have been announced for the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 20. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) will speak at Bentley College's 81st Undergraduate Commencement at 10:00 a.m., and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Elkin B. McCallum, chairman and chief executive officer of Joan Fabrics Corp., will be the keynote speaker at the Bentley College McCallum Graduate School of Business' 25th Commencement at 3:00 p.m. Bentley named its graduate school in honor of McCallum earlier this year.

At the undergraduate ceremony, Bentley will also award honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degrees to Nathan R. Miller, general partner of Nathan R. Miller Properties and 1954 Bentley alumnus, and Leonard Riggio, chairman and CEO of Barnes & Noble.

Senator Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate for 37 years, and is now the third most senior member of the Senate. He is active on a wide range of issues, including: healthcare, education reform, raising the minimum wage, defending the rights of workers and their families, strengthening civil rights laws, assisting individuals with disabilities, fighting for cleaner water and cleaner air, and protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens.

Now chairman and CEO of Joan Fabrics Corp., McCallum's career-long association with the company began when he took a job there as a dock worker to help pay his tuition to Bentley, from which he graduated in 1967. The Lowell-based corporation is one of the largest privately owned textile firms in North America. In the Greater Lowell community, McCallum and his family are active supporters of many cultural, civic and educational organizations, including the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, American Textile History Museum, Lowell General Hospital and the American Red Cross. McCallum is a trustee of Bentley College.

Click HERE to go to the Commencement 2000 web site.

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