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Alan Nero, Jack Lund Will Deliver Commencement Addresses at Springfield College

March 23, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 23, 2011 -- Alan Nero, managing director of Octagon’s baseball division, and Jack Lund, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater New York, will deliver commencement addresses at the Springfield College 2011 ceremonies. Nero will address undergraduates on Sunday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center, in downtown Springfield, and Lund will speak to graduate students on Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m., on Naismith Green, on the college campus.

At the commencement ceremonies, Springfield College will present honorary doctor of humanics degrees to Nero and Lund. The college has, historically, awarded honorary degrees to a few outstanding individuals who, by their character and accomplishments, personify the college’s guiding philosophy, humanics. Humanics emphasizes the dedication of spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others.

Nero, who has negotiated some of the largest contracts in major league baseball, represents more than 100 major league players, field managers and National Baseball Hall of Fame members. “Sporting News” ranked him as the sixth most influential behind-the-scenes person in sports, and “Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal” named him as one of the top 20 most influential agents in sports. He is a Springfield College graduate, who earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Lund, in his position as head of the largest private youth-serving organization in the New York City, is leading an ambitious process to update more than 1.3 million square feet of YMCA facilities throughout the five boroughs. He is also adding new programs to tackle challenges facing young people, such as childhood obesity. The YMCA of Greater New York is the largest YMCA in North America. Lund is a graduate of LaSalle University, and earned his master’s degree from Springfield College, where he is a trustee and adjunct professor.

At its 2011 commencement, Springfield College will award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and certificates of advanced graduate study.

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