Convocation Speaker, Aaron Vega

Aaron Vega, the new Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Holyoke, in his neighborhood where he lives in Holyoke.

Aaron finished his fourth term as State Representative for the 5th Hampden district which is made up of the entire city of Holyoke at the end of 2020. Over the past 10 years Aaron has been involved in a number of local non-profit boards, volunteer projects and is committed to the city and people of Holyoke.

Aaron was born in South Holyoke, attended Morgan Elementary School and eventually followed his parents’ footsteps by attending Holyoke Community College. He graduated from Keene State College with a dual bachelor degree in film and psychology. Aaron soon became a film editor, working on projects for Ken Burns, PBS, TLC and HBO.

During his time in office, from being elected in 2010 as an At Large Holyoke City Councilor to his time as State Rep, Aaron has continued his focus on providing great constituent services, education policy and economic development.

Separate of his public life Aaron is also a yoga instructor who co-owns VegaYoga with his wife Debra. Together with their son Odin they live in Holyoke and are excited about all the positive things happening in their city. As a proud parent of daughters in their late 20’s and a young son Aaron knows how important education and ensuring opportunities for all young people is.


Opening Academic Convocation for 2021-2022 was held Wednesday, September 29, 2021, starting at 4:00 p.m. in Veritas Auditorium.

Opening Convocation is the official start to the final academic year! This event is a long standing tradition and includes officially robing the Senior Class President with their academic regalia.