As you’re getting pumped up to cross the stage, listen to the Dean’s (Play)list below, and keep reading for some sage advice from your deans.
Dean of Libraries
Though your formal undergraduate career at Northeastern may be coming to a close, it’s important to “maintain your ability to be amazed by the world around you,” Cohen said, advice inspired by the song, by The Human League. And, as the Brand New Heavies intone in , “never stop believing in yourself and your dreams,” he added. In the process, though, don’t forget to celebrate everything you’ve accomplished thus far. Or, follow Prince’s lead in the song . “It’s officially the best party song until 2999, and you deserve it,” Cohen said.
Dean of the College of Science
“Science is the search for truth,” Henderson said, echoing They Might Be Giants in their song,. “As graduates in science, you now have both the ability and the obligation to share with others the beauty of the scientific method in creating new knowledge based in facts,” Henderson said. (Perhaps this means sharing the , as The Barenaked Ladies did, or discovering an addition to the Periodic Table of Elements for Tom Lehrer’s song, .) “As a scientist and a person, remain curious,” Henderson said, “and your life will be filled with continual, wonderful surprises.”
Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science
Brodley encouraged students to revel in the celebration, as evidenced by her brace of Beatles tunes song.venerates the eternality of optimism, and celebrates the lasting meaning of friendship. A more recent cut, , by Imagine Dragons, is the kind of feel-good jam that you turn up loud, then dance.
Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences
A trio of songs by Leann Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Bruce Springsteen urges listeners to embrace opportunities., , and also advise not to be deterred by challenges. “Get in the habit of learning something new, and stretching beyond your comfort zone, as often as you can,” Parish said. Just as important? As The Alternate Routes sing in , “Be kind,” Parish said. “Have courage to do the right thing, in every situation, every time, without compromise. There is no substitute for a moral compass and letting it guide you.”
Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business
In considering his message to graduates, Echambadi turned to Baz Luhrmann. Or more specifically, Luhrmann’s song,. Find confidence and inspiration as you embark on new adventures, Echambadi advised. And before he sends his students on their way (as Rusted Root entreated in ) Echambadi said, “I hope you all will remember Northeastern fondly, and that you believe, as I do, that you have been well prepared to solve the grand challenges of our times. Good luck!”
Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Poiger’s song selections highlight an internal tension with which we all must wrestle: How do we protect and foster our individuality while connecting with others in a meaningful way? Arcade Fire addresses this in; St. Vincent laments the loss of individuality in ; and John Coltrane champions the power of love in . Then, Gloria Gaynor, resilient as she is, expresses with certainty: . So what’s the secret here? How can we celebrate uniqueness and togetherness at once? “Find ways to connect with people to whom you are not immediately drawn,” Poiger said simply.
Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design
Hudson carefully selected songs that invoke the ceremony of graduation and emphasize the importance of remaining resilient in the face of adversity. Simon & Garfunkel’sencourages listeners to speak up when they have something to say, and The Beatles’ advises them to rest knowing that when even that voice feels impossible, “there will be an answer.” Hudson also recommended the by Johannes Brahms, a classic graduation song in New Zealand, where Hudson lived for many years.
Dean of the School of Law
Paul, too, advised students to connect, to stay informed, to stay alert and hungry for knowledge. His song selections, including, by Nick Lowe; and , by Sly and the Family Stone, encourage the same sort of human compassion Poiger urged. And, like Parish, he instructed students to continue being curious. “Read a newspaper every day,” he said. “When you are reading (about almost anything) you are advancing your career and nourishing your soul, even if you don’t know how or why in the moment.”
Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Loeffelholz explained: “I graduated from Stanford in 1981, and our school’s celebration song was, by Free—an evergreen commencement favorite! The other commencement hit in 1981 was by Kool & The Gang. In fact, the song has great words for graduates: Yes, this is your celebration today, and it’s also a celebration to last throughout the years. Graduates—Northeastern will always be here for you.
Dean of the College of Engineering
As 10,000 Maniacs express in, “these are days you’ll remember.” Aubry added, “One part of your incredible journey has ended, and we wish you joy and success as you start the next adventure.” That next adventure may be Unwritten, as Natasha Bedingfield sang, but perseverance and creativity are forces to be reckoned with. Look no further than Idina Menzel’s rendition of for inspiration. Or take Katy Perry’s advice—go forth and be a . “You always have a home at Northeastern,” Aubry said, “and we look forward to hearing about all of your accomplishments.”