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Class of 2016: It’s time to celebrate

May 8, 2015 - Northeastern University celebrated its 113th Commencement exercises on May 8, 2015. The undergraduate ceremony was held at TD Garden in Boston. There are more than 3,700 undergraduate students graduating in 2015. David Muir, the Emmy award-winning anchor of ABC World News Tonight, delivered the undergraduate Commencement address. Northeastern presented honorary degrees to Muir; Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts University; Vanessa Bradford Kerry, co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health; and Gabriel Jaramillo, former chairman, president, and CEO at Santander Holdings USA.

Today’s the day.

Northeastern University will celebrate its 114th Commencement on Friday, as thousands of graduates will receive their diplomas while honorary degrees will be conferred upon a group of influential leaders.

Commencement will be streamed live on the university’s homepage, and the live stream will also be shown at Blackman Auditorium on campus. Follow Northeastern on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat for all the action—including behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews with graduates—and use #NU2016 to share your excitement, memories, and thoughts throughout the day.

News@Northeastern has also launched a comprehensive news page will full Commencement coverage.

The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at TD Garden in Boston. President Joseph E. Aoun will lead the ceremony. Secretary of State John F. Kerry will deliver the Commencement address, and three accomplished individuals will receive honorary degrees: Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr., the administrator of NASA; Susan Hockfield, former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Tom McCarthy, an award-winning director, screenwriter, and actor whose most recent film, Spotlight, won the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture.

Annika Morgan and Ben Bungert, both DMSB’16, will deliver the student address.

In the afternoon, Northeastern will hold the graduate ceremony at Matthews Arena. President Aoun will lead the ceremony, which will honor students receiving master’s and professional doctorate degrees. Charles Elachi, director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a vice president and professor of electrical engineering and planetary science at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree.

Northeastern’s Commencement celebrations began on Thursday with the fifth annual PhD hooding ceremony where students received their doctor of philosophy degrees; an event honoring this year’s class of Torch Scholars; and CommencementFest on Centennial Common.

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