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Full coverage of Northeastern's 115th commencement and the 2017 graduates

Northeastern held its 115th commencement on May 5. Here’s everything you need to know—from profiles on the graduates and honorary degree recipients to ceremony information, how to engage on social media and what you may have missed. Check back often for the latest stories, photos, and videos from the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies.

2017 Commencement Highlights

Relive all the excitement with this video featuring the graduates, speakers, and emotions of the day.

Watch the entire undergraduate commencement ceremony on YouTube.

Christiane Amanpour delivers Northeastern University's 2017 Commencement Address
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President Aoun banters with Frasier the Human Support Robot during his 2017 commencement address at Northeastern University.

 

2017 Commencement in Photos

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Meet the Speakers

CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s flagship global affairs program Amanpour, will deliver Northeastern University’s Commencement address to this year’s graduating seniors on May 5, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston.

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Dave Gilboa, left, and Neil Blumenthal, co-founders and co-CEOs of Warby Parker. <i>Photo courtesy of Warby Parker</i>

Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, co-founders and co-CEOs of the innovative lifestyle brand Warby Parker, will deliver Northeastern’s commencement address for the afternoon graduate ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Matthews Arena in Boston.

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Pankhuri Singhal, S’17, a senior and behavioral neuroscience major, will deliver Northeastern's student commencement address on Friday, May 5, at TD Garden in Boston. <i>Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University</i>

Pankhuri Singhal, S’17, a senior and behavioral neuroscience major, will deliver Northeastern's student commencement address on Friday, May 5, at TD Garden in Boston.

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Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and a Northeastern University trustee, Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the Dimock Center, and Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, will receive honorary degrees at Northeastern’s undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Sir Lucian Grainge CBE, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and a Northeastern University trustee, Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the Dimock Center, and Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, will receive honorary degrees at Northeastern’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 5 at TD Garden in Boston.

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Meet the Graduates

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Campus Prepares for Commencement


The Year in Photos


Torch Scholars celebrated, encouraged to ‘push the limits’ of their success

This year’s Torch Scholars are an impressive group. The 10 students who compose the program’s seventh graduating class have completed 4,300 hours of community service, studied in eight countries and traveled to 12 others, and compiled an average GPA of 3.0. Now in its 11th year, the program supports talented, first-generation college students who exhibit potential in nontraditional ways. “We…

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MIT Lincoln Lab director named Northeastern doctoral graduation ceremony speaker

Eric D. Evans, director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, will deliver the keynote address at Northeastern’s doctoral graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 4. He is among the nation’s foremost experts in the development of remote sensing systems, detection of explosive threats, and ship antimissile defense. Evans is responsible for the strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations of a…

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It’s Commencement week. Here’s what you need to know

Northeastern’s 115th Commencement exercises will be held later this week, capping off a series of events and activities in celebration of the soon-to-be graduates. Here’s what you need to know, from cap and gown pickup to the big day itself. Cap and gown pickup Participating graduates—with the exception of military personnel—must wear the regalia provided to them by Northeastern. All…

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Faculty reflect on the joy and unforgettable moments of commencements past

Commencement is a time of reflection, excitement, and celebration. With commencement for the Class of 2017 just days away, we caught up with several faculty members who reflected on their own graduations and those they’ve attended as faculty. Jessica Silbey, law professor, School of Law Graduation memory: Stanford University, 1992, bachelor’s degree Stanford’s notorious band, the Leland Stanford Junior University…

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