2012 Honorary Degrees


John Carla
John Saltmarsh and Carla Lynton

On Friday, June 1, 2012, at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s 44th commencement ceremony, Ernest A. Lynton was awarded posthumously with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.  Ernest’s widow, Carla Lynton, also received an honorary Doctor of Science degree.  

As noted in the Commencement bulletin: “Ernest Lynton was senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Massachusetts system from 1973 until 1980, and later served as Commonwealth Professor at what was then called the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs, on our own campus. He co-founded the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) within what is now the College of Education and Human Development – a college he also helped shape. He was an administrator and educator who understood the importance of connecting faculty research to the needs of the university’s community, and he advocated for recognizing and rewarding faculty members’ professional service. Mr. Lynton changed the way we think about higher education and how we serve our students.

“Carla Lynton brought together UMass Boston community members for years during her husband’s tenure on campus. She shared his dedication to our university, and has continued his legacy of support through NERCHE and its faculty professional service award named in her husband’s honor. For decades, Mrs. Lynton has also been a passionate volunteer for students with hearing and/or vision impairments at the Perkins School for the Blind. More than 400 students have had their lives transformed by Mrs. Lynton's compassion and generosity, for which the Boston Celtics honored her with their ‘Hero Among Us’ award.”

On the night before the 2012 Commencement, a dinner was held to honor the honorary degree recipients, who were invited to reflect on their accomplishments. Carla Lynton was joined at the dinner by the principal commencement speaker, Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, a former United Nations (UN) under-secretary-general and president of the UN Security Council, and by honorary degree recipients Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College, and Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, co-founders of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria.  Click here for a video of the 2012 Honorary Degree Dinner.