Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has committed his career to expanding opportunity for all, will be the speaker at the 2017 Suffolk University Law School commencement ceremonies on May 21. The University will award the mayor an honorary degree in recognition of Walsh’s commitment to public service.

“Throughout his career, Mayor Walsh has been a champion for civil rights and an advocate for working people and job creation,” said Suffolk University Acting President Marisa Kelly. “As a labor leader, lawmaker and now as chief executive of the city where many Suffolk University Law School graduates make their careers, the mayor has worked to promote equality and fairness. His commitment to opportunity over the course of his career parallels our institutional history and mission, and as such we are especially proud that he will speak at our founding school.”

Walsh began his career in the building trades and led the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013. In this role he created a model program to increase workplace diversity and provide career opportunities for women and people of color. He served 16 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Throughout his political career, Walsh has focused on economic equity. He has worked to support homeless residents while fighting to end homelessness. And he has been a strong advocate for marriage equality.

Now, in leading a city that is a hotbed of entrepreneurship, Walsh is bringing a spirit of collaboration that involves city residents, employers, workers and lawmakers from the city to the state and beyond.

The Suffolk Law ceremony, one of four University commencements taking place May 20-21, 2017, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the Boston waterfront.