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Commencement 2019

Full coverage of Northeastern University’s 117th Commencement exercises and the 2019 graduates

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‘Now the world belongs to you’

At Northeastern’s 117th Commencement, President Joseph E. Aoun urged graduates to use their most human qualities in order to succeed in a world that is…

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The best photos from Commenement

The graduates, the speakers, the joy, the beach ball, and the flags. Northeastern photographers documented all the pomp and circumstance of the big day at…

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Rebecca Leeper

Tara Westover urges graduates to embrace their ‘un-Instagrammable’ selves

The Commencement address by the author of the bestselling memoir, Educated, cautioned Northeastern graduates against defining themselves by the happy, perfect images they post online.

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It took Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun a superhuman effort to get to Commencement

Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun showed off some mad acrobatic skills in getting to TD Garden just in time to give his 2019 Commencement Speech.



Author tells Northeastern grads to celebrate their ‘un-Instagramable selves’

Best-selling author Tara Westover on Friday urged Northeastern University’s Class of 2019 to celebrate the sides of themselves they don’t share on social media — the parts of them that are imperfect.


‘We can never stop reinventing ourselves’

The Class of 2019 graduates into a world continuously being reshaped by rapidly advancing technology. And with the skills, knowledge, and agility they have acquired through their experiences at Northeastern, they are well prepared to evolve along with it, President Joseph E. Aoun told students, families, and friends assembled at TD Garden on Friday.

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So happy you could just dance

With another academic year finally in the books and Commencement upon us, we’re taking a look at the most popular songs on Spotify over the last two semesters!

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Commencement 2019 in photos


Tara Westover

Author / Honorary degree recipient

Tara Westover, inspiring author of the best-selling memoir, Educated, will deliver Northeastern’s 2019 Commencement address. Westover’s best-selling memoir, Educated, explains her resilient response to the isolated and dysfunctional world in which she was raised, at the foot of a mountain in rural Idaho, working in a junkyard for a father who kept his seven children…

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Student Speaker: Rebecca Leeper

Computer Engineering

Rebecca Leeper will be the student speaker at Northeastern’s 2019 Commencement at TD Garden on Friday. It will be a poignant, turning-of-the-page moment for her and her fellow graduates.

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Additional Honorary Degree Recipients

Beth Stevens, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins

Commanding General

Amin Khoury

Chairman, CEO & President, KLX Energy Services Holdings, Inc.

Eduardo J. Padrón

President of Miami Dade College

Arrival Information


MAY 3 – 10:30 AM (GRADUATES 7:30 AM) – TD GARDEN

Undergraduate degree candidates must report to TD Garden by 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Graduating students should use the Legends Way entrance, and should not enter TD Garden through the arena’s main entrance. Legends Way is located on the east side of TD Garden (the side closest to the Zakim Bridge). Signs and staff will direct students to their entrance.


College of Social Sciences and Humanities
APRIL 29 – 10:00 AM – CABOT CAGE
Khoury College of Computer and Information Science
College of Engineering
APRIL 30 – 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM – MATTHEWS ARENA
PhD Hooding
MAY 1 – 11:00 AM – CABOT CAGE

College of Science
MAY 1 – 4:30 PM – CABOT CAGE
College of Arts, Media and Design
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

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