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Academic Honors Convocation 2019

Full coverage of Northeastern's highest academic achievements

04/18/19 - BOSTON, MA. - Scenes during the annual Academic Honors Convocation held on the 17th Floor of East Village at Northeastern University on April 18, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Northeastern University on Thursday celebrated the highest achievements of students, faculty, and an important trustee at the Academic Honors Convocation in East Village.

The event recognized members of the Northeastern community whose academic prowess, insatiable curiosity, and entrepreneurial spirit have made them standout scholars, researchers, mentors, teachers, and innovators.

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