James O’S. Morton, J.D., the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford, will deliver the keynote address at Capital Community College’s Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 23rd at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford.
Morton, previously the President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield (MA), became Greater Hartford YMCA’s chief executive in late 2010. The first member of his family to graduate from college, Morton was a practicing attorney for 18 years, advocating for economic equity and social justice.
In Springfield, Morton left the legal profession in 1999 and became a social studies teacher and track coach at the High School of Commerce. He subsequently worked as administrator of the Massachusetts Career Development Institute (MDCI), an adult education and vocational training program for recent immigrants and under-served adult learners. At the YMCA Morton developed innovative programs to reduce the high school drop-out rate, youth unemployment, gang involvement and the education gap. His civic involvements included serving on the Springfield Finance Control Board as an appointee of MA Governor Deval Patrick.
The YMCA of Greater Hartford that Morton now leads serves more than 110,000 people in 52 cities and towns in a four-county area. Its Hartford locations include the Downtown branch at the XL Center and the Wilson-Gray Youth & Family Center on Albany Avenue.
Morton is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a BA in Sociology and earned the Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1981.
The College’s 66th Commencement Exercises will be held at the Convention Center at 6 pm preceded by a pre-commencement reception. Dean of Students and Commencement Marshal Doris Arrington also announced that Professor Theresa DeVito, Ed.D, Chair of Health Careers and Public Safety, will serve as Faculty/Staff Marshal and Professor of Art Pedro Valentin will bring faculty greetings.