Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has received heartfelt thank-yous and much-deserved praise in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Now, two local universities are doing their part to recognize his leadership, as well.

Northeastern is holding its commencement at the TD Garden on Friday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. and has announced Davis will accept one of four honorary degrees. He will be celebrated “on behalf of all the first responders and law enforcement who, following the Boston Marathon bombings, selflessly sprung into action to provide care and support to those in need following the tragic events of April 15.”

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will also be on hand to read the honorary degree for Davis.

Other 2013 honorary degree recipients include Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and chief business officer at Google; chef Barbara Lynch, founder of Barbara Lynch Gruppo; and Jack Bryant, president of Bryant Associates.

UMass Lowell will be commemorating Davis in the weeks to follow on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. The University announced on Monday that Davis will be delivering the undergraduate commencement address, and will also be receiving an honorary doctor of humane letters.

“Commissioner Davis has been a symbol of strength not just for the city of Boston but for the entire Commonwealth and the nation during this most difficult time,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan in the release. “He is an excellent role model for our students because he demonstrates how good leaders need not only top-notch skills in their professions, but must also have strong character and the ability to employ both in times of crisis.”

Davis is a Lowell native and led the city’s police department for 12 years until taking the role of Boston commissioner in Boston in 2006.

“I am truly honored,” Davis said in the release. “I grew up in Lowell and, in many ways, I still consider it home. This is a challenging time in the Commonwealth’s history. I am appreciative of the opportunity to address graduates who can make a difference in the world.”

Coming from the man who has made a difference in all of ours.

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