Commencement Speaker

December 2017 Commencement Speaker

Undergraduate Commencement Speaker -Mayer Rick Gray

Mayor Rick Gray

Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray will be the commencement speaker at Millersville University’s fall graduation.

Mayor Gray has served Lancaster since 2006. He did not seek re-election this fall and will leave office in January 2018.

The arts have always been near and dear to Mayor Gray and earlier this fall, Gray and his wife, artist Gail Gray, shared the award for Special Recognition for Public Leadership during the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts.

In addition to being active in the arts, Mayor Gray was a lawyer from 1969 to 2005, starting with Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh, then moving to Lancaster in 1972 as director of Central Pennsylvania Legal Services. He went into private practice in 1976 and continued in private practice until 2005 as the Senior Partner of Gray, Patterson, Cody & Taylor.

Gray received a bachelor’s degree in American Government from American University and a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law where he also served as the president of the Student Bar Association. He has two honorary degrees; Doctor of Public Service – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Doctor of Humane Letters – Franklin & Marshall College. He is married to Gail C. Gray and has three children and six grandchildren.