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Commencement 2021

Full coverage of Northeastern University’s 119th Commencement exercises and the 2021 graduates

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Northeastern celebrates 2021 graduate Commencement at Fenway Park

The sun shone bright on a Sunday deep with meaning as Northeastern graduate students were joined at Fenway Park by loved ones in person and in spirit—watching from the stands of the beloved ballpark and online—to celebrate 2021 Commencement across a pair of ceremonies on Mother’s Day.

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Video: The Phantom of Fenway

Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, finds himself in an abandoned suite with Paws and an organ connected to the sound system at Fenway Park. What could possibly go wrong?

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Northeastern president Joseph E. Aoun celebrates the Class of 2021–and all that jazz

In a rousing address to graduating students, Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, credited the “Northeastern spirit” of the entire university community with banding together to overcome the many obstacles of the past year.

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‘Think about everything you’ve accomplished, and how that’s shaped who you are today,’ Northeastern students tell Class of 2021

Strengthened by obstacles overcome, defined by successes in the most challenging of years, Northeastern students and graduate students celebrated 2021 Commencement in a year unlike any other, in ceremonies unlike any other.

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Speeches


Processions

The Class of 2021, having walked the walk, gears up for Commencement



The Class of 2021, having walked the walk, gears up for Commencement

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Your Guide to Class of 2021 Campus Processionals.



Your Guide to Class of 2021 Campus Processionals.

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Speakers

Pat Brown

CEO of Impossible Foods

Patrick O. Brown is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company at the forefront of making nutritious, delicious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming. …

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Rochelle Walensky

Director of the CDC

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, is the 19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ninth Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She is an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walensky is also a well-respected expert on the value of testing and treatment of deadly viruses. …

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Senior Week

Sat, May 1
Sun, May 2
Mon, May 3
Tues, May 4
Wed, May 5
Thu, May 6
Fri, May 7

Kick off senior week with bowling, arcade games, and a full food and beverage service.

2:30 – 4 pm & 4:30 – 6 pm

Lucky Strike Fenway, 145 Ipswich St, Boston

Celebrate a Northeastern tradition! Create your own adorable stuffed Husky pal to commemorate your time at Northeastern. You can participate onsite by signing up for a slot in the Bamboo Garden Tent, or pick up your kit to make the stuffed animal at your leisure. Registration is in 30-minute blocks.

12-3 pm

Bamboo Garden Tent at Robinson Quad

As specially chosen by the Class of 2021, Professor Rebecca Shansky will be delivering a heartfelt and inspirational message, echoing the renowned talk of the same name by the late Randy Pausch. Professor Shansky will discuss the unique stressors of this past year as they can be shown through the neuroscience of stress, which is one of her main areas of focus. Take part in this empowering sendoff in Blackman Auditorium or virtually.

11 am

Blackman Auditorium & Virtual

Don your cap and gown to proceed in timed-entry slots from West Village, stopping along the route to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for you. Processions will end at Matthews Arena, where participants will have the opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the commencement stage, have an official photo taken (which they will receive gratis), and enjoy a swag bag.

3-5 pm

West Village

Follow volunteer docent Dianna Bronchuk around a portion of the Freedom Trail into the North End, discussing the famous and infamous moments of Boston’s history along the way.

1-3 pm

Downtown Crossing

The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to “get quacking” with three private Boston Duck Tours that traverse both land and water.

11 am, 12 pm, & 1 pm

Northeastern’s Forsyth Circle at Ruggles T Stop

Don your cap and gown to proceed in timed-entry slots from West Village, stopping along the route to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for you. Processions will end at Matthews Arena, where participants will have the opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the commencement stage, have an official photo taken (which they will receive gratis), and enjoy a swag bag.

3-5pm

West Village

Enjoy a free concert exclusively for graduating Northeastern students featuring a R&B/pop/hip hop artist with a celebrity host.

8 pm

Zoom

Let your graduation cap reflect your Northeastern pride with decorations to match the festive energy of Commencement! Come to the Industry Place Tent to either pick up your supplies to-go or take a socially distanced spot within the tent and use your artistic talent to commemorate this momentous occasion. Registration is in 30-minute blocks.

12-3 pm

Industry Place Tent at Robinson Quad

The University Honors Program cordially invites Honors program graduating senior and their loved ones to a virtual Senior Cording Ceremony to celebrate the many accomplishments of the class of 2021.

12 pm

Virtual

Come and celebrate Commencement Week at Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on Detroit Tigers! Game time is 7:10 pm, but arrive early to hear a Northeastern senior sing the national anthem.

7:10 pm

Fenway Park

Don your cap and gown to proceed in timed-entry slots from West Village, stopping along the route to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for you. Processions will end at Matthews Arena, where participants will have the opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the commencement stage, have an official photo taken (which they will receive gratis), and enjoy a swag bag.

3-5 pm

West Village

Don your cap and gown to proceed in timed-entry slots from West Village, stopping along the route to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for you. Processions will end at Matthews Arena, where participants will have the opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the commencement stage, have an official photo taken (which they will receive gratis), and enjoy a swag bag.

3-5 pm

West Village

Did you make a gift to Northeastern this year to support our programs, students, and faculty? If so, you’ll be invited to toast your accomplishments with your friends and other seniors during Commencement Week.

5–6:30 pm & 7–8:30 pm

300 Mass Avenue, Boston

Don your cap and gown to proceed in timed-entry slots from West Village, stopping along the route to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for you. Processions will end at Matthews Arena, where participants will have the opportunity to hear their name called, walk across the commencement stage, have an official photo taken (which they will receive gratis), and enjoy a swag bag.

3-5pm

West Village

Join us for private showings of Chaos Walking or Knives Out. Registration includes a regular drink and regular popcorn combo.

7 pm

AMC Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont St, Boston

A surprise celebrity guest will lead graduates in a Paint Night.

8 pm

Zoom


Commencement 2021 in photos

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