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Lancaster Mayor Named Keynote Speaker for Fall Commencement

Graduation is set for December 17, 2017

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray will be the commencement speaker at Millersville University’s fall graduation. Almost 400 students will walk across the stage in Pucillo Gymnasium at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 17.

Mayor Gray has served Lancaster since 2006. He did not seek re-election this fall. In addition to being the keynote speaker, Mayor Gray will receive an honorary degree at Millersville.

The arts have always been near and dear to Mayor Gray and earlier this fall, Gray and his wife, artist Gail Gray, shared the award for Special Recognition for Public Leadership during the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts.

In addition to being active in the arts, Mayor Gray was a lawyer from 1969 to 2005, starting with Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, then moving to Lancaster in 1972 as director of Central Pennsylvania Legal Services. He went into private practice in 1976 and continued in private practice until 2005 as the Senior Partner of Gray, Patterson, Cody & Taylor.

Gray received a bachelor’s degree in American Government from American University and a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law where he also served as the president of the Student Bar Association. He has two honorary degrees; Doctor of Public Service – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 2014 and Doctor of Humane Letters – Franklin & Marshall College 2016.  He is married to Gail C. Gray and has three children and six grandchildren.

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