Author, Dennis Lehane, to deliver fall 2012 graduation address

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies named author, Dennis Lehane, its graduation speaker for the College’s fall 2012 graduation ceremony taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Dennis Lehane

Lehane, a Boston native, is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Gone, Baby, GoneMystic RiverShutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. The Boston area is the setting for most of his books. His newest book, Live by Night: A Novel, will be published in October. Lehane’s career encompasses writing, teaching, film and television.

“I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Lehane when he taught at the Stonecoast Writer’s Conference at the University of Southern Maine earlier in his career when aspiring authors and aspiring students shared much in common,” said John LaBrie, Dean of the College of Professional Studies. “Like many CPS students, Mr. Lehane worked a variety of jobs and persisted through many challenges while pursuing his goal. His drive will inspire graduates to think creatively and pursue their passions.”

Lehane attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and the graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida International University. To learn more about Lehane, visit

Northeastern University College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Northeastern University is a global university with a tradition of partnership and engagement that creates an innovative, distinctive approach to education and research. Northeastern integrates classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities in 70 countries, and pursues use-inspired research with a focus on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability.