Graduates called to ‘transcend boundaries,’ address global challenges
Northeastern University celebrated its 114th Commencement on Friday at TD Garden in Boston, where graduates were recognized for their many achievements, urged by President Joseph E. Aoun to “transcend boundaries” in their careers, and challenged by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to use the “global vision” they acquired at Northeastern to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.
Aoun noted how the Class of 2016 has lived, worked, and conducted research on every continent and in more than 100 nations. This hallmark of graduates’ Northeastern experience dovetailed with a core theme of Aoun’s address. He told graduates that if you look at a map, you see a web of dark lines. But if you look at the world from a high vantage point, those lines are nowhere to be seen.