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Richards to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address Richards to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address

Cecile Richards5.8.17  —  Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will deliver the keynote address at Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena.

“Public health has had no more fearless champion in recent years than Cecile Richards,” said Dean Jeremy Paul. “Her strong voice will provide fitting tribute to the class of 2017, who will carry with them the Northeastern tradition of empowering women and men to work together for the common good.”

Richards leads a movement that has worked for a century to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, approximately 650 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.5 million patients, and sex education and outreach to 1.5 million people. Planned Parenthood’s website — — receives 60 million visits a year from individuals seeking health care services and education in both English and Spanish.

Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Richards has expanded its advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign to preserve access to Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. In recent months, Richards has fought those in Congress who seek to defund Planned Parenthood, and is currently leading an effort to fight the American Health Care Act, which would block people enrolled in Medicaid from accessing services at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Before joining Planned Parenthood, Richards served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national grassroots organizations working to maximize registration, education, and voter participation. She began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, healthcare and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana and Texas.

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For those who can't make the ceremony, Commencement 2017 will be live streamed.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.