PITTSFIELD >> State Sen. Benjamin Downing will serve as the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 56th commencement exercises to be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Tanglewood in Lenox.
Downing was elected in 2006 at the age of 24. During his decade of service, Downing, who recently announced that he will not seek a sixth term, has represented 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District, the largest Senate district in Massachusetts.
Downing's priorities have included clean energy, the environment, expanding broadband Internet access, the expansion of transgender rights and mitigating poverty.
An advocate for higher education, he has worked to secure investments in higher education – including the multimillion-dollar Center for Science and Innovation at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
He has earned numerous awards, including twice being selected Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and 2016 Public Advocate of the Year by the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts.
Recently honored at BCC's 40 Under 40 Awards, Downing is part of the inaugural group of young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles.
For more details, including a complete biography, visitberkshirecc.edu/commencement.