Maria Sanchez and her son, local state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez received honorary degrees at the Urban College of Boston graduation on June 4 at the Butler Majestic Theater in Boston. Joining the honorees for this photo were Mayor Martin J. Walsh and UCB President Michael Taylor (far left). Mayor Walsh received the Robert M. Coard Distinguished Leader Award at the commencement ceremony, awarded annually to a person who demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to eradicating poverty. This year the non-traditional Urban College of Boston awarded 90 associate degrees and 53 certificates to students who overcame enormous odds to graduate. With an average age of 37, many are living at poverty level, working full-time, and raising families while working toward their degrees. Almost all are the first in their families to graduate from college.
Courtesy Photo by Commencement Photos, Inc.