Southborough, Mass. – May 9, 2021– Vincent Strully, Jr., the CEO and founder of The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in education and research for children with autism, was awarded an honorary degree from Assumption University on May 9. This distinction was presented at Assumption’s 104th Commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2021 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Mr. Strully’s work at NECC has helped impact the lives of thousands of children with autism around the world. Under his leadership, NECC has grown from a small program in 1975, to a worldwide leader in providing evidence-based treatment and services for children with autism. Today, NECC serves more 750 students at their flagship Southborough, MA campus, through partner programs in public schools around New England, and at the Mohamed bin Rashid Center for Special Education operated by the New England Center for Children in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“We are pleased to bestow an honorary doctorate upon Vincent Strully, Jr., for his decades of selfless service and empowering those in the autism community,” said Assumption University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “Under Mr. Strully’s vision and leadership, the New England Center for Children has established itself as an international leader in autism research, intervention, and education. Assumption is proud of the partnership with NECC and is privileged to work closely with NECC and its employees, many of whom are Assumption alumni, as they further their education and fulfill  the promise of a vocation they discovered while students  that serves those in need in the Worcester community, as well as across the globe.”

About The New England Center for Children

The New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Committed to creating a world where autism is not a barrier to happiness, growth, and independence, our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians provide comprehensive services including home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, and the ACE® ABA Software System (

We are committed to creating an equitable workplace for our diverse team and providing industry-leading staff professional development opportunities, specifically with our on-campus graduate degree partnership programs. The result is a growing pool of autism educators and researchers that impact the lives of children with autism both at NECC and around the world. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at