- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick has told graduates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that addressing climate change and creating a clean energy future will be among their major challenges as good citizens building strong communities.

Patrick urged the 5,500 graduates on Friday to take an interest in things outside themselves. He recalled how people came together after last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, saying “We are, in the end, one community.” .

Honorary doctoral degrees were presented to retired U.S. Rep. John Olver of Massaschusetts, and New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins.

Olver, a former UMass Amherst chemistry professor, represented Massachusetts in Congress from 1991 to 2013.

Collins earned a master’s degree in government from UMass Amherst in 1970.

About 1,200 students received master’s and doctoral degrees on Friday morning.

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