He’s the man! Mayor Martin J. Walsh points to Harold Mezoff, ABCD Vice President, Administration & Human Resources and longtime Urban College of Boston Trustee, as Mezoff accepts the Robert M. Coard Leadership Medal at the 2015 UCB commencement ceremony. (l-r) Michael Taylor, UCB President; Mayor Walsh; Harold Mezoff; Charlie Titus, Vice-Chancellor, UMass Boston and UCB Trustee; Nancy Daniel, UCB Academic Dean; and Dr. Linda Dumas, UMass Boston nursing faculty and UCB Trustee.

Urban College of Boston Celebrates Largest Graduating Class

The Urban College of Boston (UCB) was chartered in 1993 and achieves its mission by inspiring learning and transforming lives. UCB celebrated commencement in May with the largest graduating class in the college’s history.

This year 163 graduates received their associate degrees and certificates at Emerson College’s Majestic Theatre. The graduates were joined in celebration by over 900 family members and friends. As the Commencement Speaker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh captivated and motivated the audience with his personal story as an adult learner overcoming dramatic obstacles to achieve his academic goals. Harold Mezoff, ABCD Vice President, Administration & Human Resources, received the Robert M. Coard Leadership Medal. Harold is a longtime, dedicated UCB Board Member, who played a critical role in the creation of the College.

Michael Taylor is President of the Urban College of Boston and Peter Ebb, Esq., Partner, Ropes & Gray, is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

CAPLAW Provides Legal Resources for Community Action Nationwide

Founded by ABCD President/ CEO Robert M. Coard in 1989, Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) provides legal, governance and grant management consultations, training and resources to Community Action programs across the country through an in-house legal staff and a network of private attorneys. Eleanor Evans, Esq., is CAPLAW’s Executive Director and General Counsel, as well as General Counsel for ABCD.

In the past year, CAPLAW hosted a successful national training conference in Portland, Oregon, attended by over 525 members of the community action network, provided approximately 400 individualized consultations to organizations in the community action network, conducted more than 35 in-person trainings for network members across the country and developed and disseminated a range of online trainings and resources for the network.