SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, will be a commencement speaker at his alma mater, Springfield College. Murphy will address undergraduates on Sunday, May 13, at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.
Springfield College will present honorary doctor of humanics degrees to Murphy following the ceremony. The college has historically awarded honorary degrees to a few outstanding individuals who, by their character and accomplishments, personify the college's guiding philosophy, humanics. Humanics emphasizes the dedication of spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others.
Murphy, of Wayland, Mass., earned a bachelor of science degree in 1978 and a master of education the following year from Springfield College. He was a four-year starter on the Springfield College football team, earning a small college All-New England linebacker award as a senior. He did additional postgraduate work at Boston University.
He was inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2011, Murphy became Harvard's all-time winningest football coach, surpassing the legendary Joe Restic with a victory at Columbia. The victory was part of an undefeated Ivy League season, the program's 14th league title and sixth under Murphy, and a 9-1 overall record.
In 2011, Harvard clinched the outright championship before the final week of the season for the first time in program history, doing so after a 37-20 victory against Penn on Nov. 12 with the Crimson scoring its most points against Penn since 1981.
A week later, with a decree that nobody would earn a championship ring without a victory in The Game, Harvard pounded Yale at Yale Bowl, 45-7 to earn its 10th victory over the Bulldogs in the last 11 years while recording the widest margin of victory since 1982.
The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 11th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons. All nine of Harvard's victories came by double figures with eight of the wins coming by at least 14 points. Murphy was honored as the New England Head Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.
At its 2012 commencement, Springfield College will award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and certificates of advanced graduate study.