Richard D. O’Bryant
With colorful tassels, cords, hoods, and stoles standing out against their dark caps and gowns, students gathered in-person for one last time at the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute’s annual Baccalaureate ceremonies. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, noted their ‘magnificent achievement’ amid racial strife and challenging times, at an event marked with a sense of mutual appreciation between the institute, the university, and the graduates.
A commitment to inspiring students toward excellence, success, and service. A model for inclusiveness on Northeastern’s campus. A “home away from home” for students. This was how members of the Northeastern community described the impact the institute has had on students and the broader university community over the past 50 years.