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September 6, 2013

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Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins (far right) stands with College Bound Dorchester CEO Mark Culliton (second from right), members of the Darling Family Scholarship Fund (far left) and students of College Bound Dorchester.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins recently delivered the keynote address at College Bound Dorchester’s Matriculation Ceremony, held on the campus of Wheelock College.

The ceremony – which featured student speakers, certificate presentations and scholarship awards to graduates – was part of the efforts that College Bound Dorchester undertakes in their mission to keep students moving forward along the path to success.

According to data supplied by the organization, in the neighborhoods of Dorchester, less than one quarter of the adult population has a college degree. As stated in College Bound Dorchester’s charter, the group strives “to equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and use education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.” The group’s educators work with diverse populations between 3 months to 27 years of age, including at–risk youth, newly arrived immigrants and families struggling to provide educational support to their children. In each program, College Bound Dorchester provides educational services to the underserved and lays the foundation for future academic, economic and social success.”

In his introduction of the event’s keynote speaker, College Bound Dorchester CEO Mark Culliton praised the work that Sheriff Tompkins has done, both in the community and as the leader of the Department.

“I’ve had the privilege of serving together with Sheriff Tompkins on the board of Roxbury Community College,” Culliton said. “He is accomplished in so many ways and has already made his mark on the Sheriff’s Department just in the short period of time that he’s been there. He has a real commitment to the young people that he serves. And, if they get locked up, he feels that it’s his job, his responsibility to make sure that they find their way out of the system and that they don’t come back.”

Taking the dais, Sheriff Tompkins returned praise to the members of the organization and spoke about the positive influence that graduates of the program can have on future generations.

“First, I want to thank the educators for helping the people seated here today to realize their dreams, because your work is seriously underrated,” said Sheriff Tompkins, before addressing the students. “I’m glad to see so many of you matriculating. You should be proud of your accomplishments and because of what you mean to the folks who are coming behind you. All of the children who are here to see you today – this will inspire them to want to do what you’re doing.”

“You have to continue to seize opportunities when they come your way,” continued Sheriff Tompkins. “And, if you don’t see any opportunities, then you have to create some of your own. It’s not good enough to just stand there and watch the world pass you by. You have to be a player.”

To learn more about College Bound Dorchester, visit their website at:


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