Student, guest speaker announced for graduation Reply

Joseph Abboud poses among suits he has designed. Abboud will be the guest speaker for Commencement 2014. (Photo courtesy of web.mwi.org)

Joseph Abboud poses among suits he has designed. Abboud will be the guest speaker for Commencement 2014. (Photo courtesy of web.mwi.org)

Zachary Gray & Samantha Greaves – Co-Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

President Michael Alexander announced Boston fashion designer Joseph
Abboud and Lasell senior Sara Roberts have been chosen as this year’s commencement speakers.

Abboud graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and studied at the
Sorbonne in Paris. He is considered a leader in the fashion industry and has been the recipient of many awards such as the CDFA’s Menswear Designer of the Year award.

“Joseph Abboud is an example of an American success story who has stayed true
to his beliefs and sensibilities,” said Alexander. “I am confident he will have sound
advice to share with our graduates as they prepare to enter the world of work.”

Abboud has also received honors by the Japanese government as well as the US
Department of Commerce for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the
fashion industry. The designer resides in Chestnut Hill and Bedford, NY with his
wife Lynn and their two young daughters.

Roberts is currently a residential assistant and Peer Health Educator. The Granville
native is thankful for the opportunities she’s been given at Lasell and feels grateful to have been chosen as the undergraduate speaker.

When asked about being chosen, Roberts said, “Coming to Lasell was a whole new experience for me and I absolutely loved it.”

“The college experience is very unique, so it is great to try new things,” said Roberts about her experience during her four years spent at Lasell. “I would not have had the opportunities I was given such as studying abroad in Florence, Italy if I did not venture out.”

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