The Massachusetts School of Law in Andover has announced that former Boston Celtic player, author, inspirational speaker and wellness advocate, Chris Herren, will address the graduating class of 2019 on Friday, June 7.
The graduation is at 5 p.m. in The Collins Center, located at 100 Shawsheen Road in Andover.
Herren, a standout from Durfee High School in Fall River, played for Boston College and Fresno State before missing part of Freno’s 97-98 season to seek treatment for an ongoing struggle with substance use disorder. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, and traded to his hometown team, the Boston Celtics, in 2000. After suffering a season-ending injury, he went on to play internationally until retiring from the game in 2006.
Sober since 2008, his recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir, Basketball Junkie, and the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded.
“Chris Herren’s story is one of extraordinary highs and lows,” MSLAW Dean Michael Coyne says in a press release. “His perseverance and subsequent transformation are inspiring. We’re honored to have him address our graduating class.”
Since 2009 Herren has spoken to millions of students and community members about substance use disorder and wellness through his organization “Herren Talks.” In 2011, Chris grew his vision of support for others when he founded the nonprofit “Herren Project”. Through the organization, Chris and his team empower schools and communities to make healthy choices, while also guiding families through recovery. In 2018, Chris also founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives.
“Substance use disorder impacts many families and individuals in our communities, and I am honored to share my experience, strength and hope with the graduating class of 2019,” Herren said.
Dean Coyne will present MSLAW’s highest honor, the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, to Mr. Herren as part of the ceremony.
The Massachusetts School of Law is located at 500 Federal St., Andover.