Boston minister to speak at Notre Dame graduation

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – The University of Notre Dame says the chairman of an anti-crime collaborative group in Boston will give the May 18 commencement address, replacing the chancellor of the University of Oxford.

The university says the Rev. Ray Hammond will replace Christopher Patten, who is withdrawing from several engagements for health reasons. Hammond is the founder of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston.

Hammond already was scheduled to receive an honorary degree from Notre Dame. He is the former chairman of the Boston Foundation and founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, which helped create a nationally recognized model for fighting juvenile crime by establishing close bonds between religious, police and community leaders.

Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins called Hammond’s work an inspiration. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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