Marty Walsh, Kenneth Turner To Speak At Mass Maritime Commencement

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Marty Walsh, the former United States Secretary of Labor and present Executive Director of the National Hockey Players’ Association, and Kenneth Turner, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, will be speakers during Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s June 17 commencement exercises.

Walsh served as Mayor of Boston from 2014 to 2021 and as United States Secretary of Labor under the Biden/Harris administration from 2021 to March 2023. He resigned his position as Secretary of Labor on March 11 to accept a post as Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Turner, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26 years of service, is at the helm of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in Waltham. Prior to joining the MLSC, Turner served as Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance with MassPort.

Some 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate degrees will be conferred during the commencement exercises, paving the way for the men and women to begin their careers in the worldwide maritime industry.

“It is with great excitement that we announce these distinguished gentlemen as speakers for commencement exercises,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “Both Marty Walsh and Kenn Turner have devoted their lives to service; the entire Academy community looks forward to their messages of guidance and encouragement as we celebrate the Class of 2023.”