Commencement surprise: Roxbury Community College grads get their diplomas and $1,000

ROXBURY, Mass. — A surprise bonus for students celebrating their graduation and the hard work they have put in over the last several years to receive their diplomas from Roxbury Community College.

Each graduate was given a thousand dollars, with a minor catch.

Keynote speaker and businessman Robert Hale, Jr. made the announcement during his address at the college’s 46th commencement on Friday. Hale is the founder and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, headquartered in Quincy.

Each of the more than 150 graduates was given a gift of $500. They were also given a second gift of $500 to give to a family member, supporter, or local organization that has helped them over the years.

“The Roxbury Community College Class of 2022 exemplifies the talent, determination, and perseverance the College is known for, especially given the challenges of the pandemic,” according to a statement. “Most of the students are receiving degrees in either healthcare or STEM fields. Approximately 68% of the class lives in Boston, with 25% calling Dorchester home.”

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