Rachael Rollins, who has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms as the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, is being nominated by President Joe Biden to become the state’s top federal prosecutor.
Rollins, who has led the Suffolk County district attorney's office since 2019, would become the first Black woman to serve as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts if she's confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
After the White House confirmed the long-speculated nomination Monday, her office said Rollins was "incredibly humbled by the great honor," but still focused on keeping Suffolk County residents safe as the district attorney.
Ayanna Pressley Honorary Degree & Commencement
President Robert A. Brown then revealed this year’s Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. In 2009, Ayanna Pressley was the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston City Council, and nearly a decade later, in 2018, she became the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, representing the state’s seventh congressional district. In her three years in Congress, Pressley has made a name for herself as a fierce advocate for equitable and progressive policies. She is an original member of the Squad, alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) (D-N.Y.). Fun fact: Pressley also delivered the commencement address at her high school graduation. As this year’s undergraduate Commencement speaker, she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Boston University at the ceremony.
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