Most years, North­eastern honors 100 stu­dents deemed most influ­en­tial on campus at a recep­tion in the spring. How­ever, the Class of 2012 sup­plied such a bumper crop of influ­en­tial stu­dents that the uni­ver­sity deemed 100 simply wasn’t enough.

At this year’s recep­tion, held last week, a total of 118 were hon­ored for their achieve­ments in every­thing from aca­d­e­mics and experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties to ath­letics and stu­dent organizations.

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said some stu­dents joked about the rea­sons they were invited — saying they knew the right people or had left favor­able impres­sions on top admin­is­tra­tors. Those rea­sons, he said, were far from true.

Some of you said, ‘I have been doing the right thing.’ And that’s why you are all here,” Aoun said. “But the right thing is not the same for each one of you. Some of you have been involved in leading var­ious clubs, some of you have been involved in var­ious aspects of uni­ver­sity life and com­mu­nity ser­vice. What­ever it is, you’re right: You did the right thing.”

The stu­dents hon­ored included ath­letes, club leaders and key fig­ures in campus life and com­mu­nity ser­vice — and many had mul­tiple dis­tinc­tions and lead­er­ship roles to their names.

As the person respon­sible for the aca­d­emic pro­grams here at North­eastern, I’m really pleased to see all of you doing so well,” said Provost Stephen Director. “You should feel good about the edu­ca­tion you received and know that we’re really proud of every­thing you’ve done.”

For many stu­dents, the recep­tion pro­vided an oppor­tu­nity to reflect upon their North­eastern expe­ri­ences and the lessons they learned.

I learned you have to try a lot of things to figure out what you want to do, and it’s OK to do that,” said Katherine Hayden, a soci­ology major who used a study-​​abroad semester in Scot­land to fur­ther her knowl­edge in polit­ical science.

Com­puter sci­ence major Daniel Bost­wick, a leader in the university’s chapter of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­puting Machinery, said his ini­tia­tive helped him suc­ceed in class, clubs and entre­pre­neurial endeavors.

I learned of the impor­tance of starting some­thing and being able to follow through, whether it’s for school­work or a start-​​up,” Bost­wick said.

Aoun said the group of influ­en­tial stu­dents would leave North­eastern as models for future stu­dents looking to suc­ceed in their endeavors, what­ever they may be.

It’s obvi­ously the case that you are the role models for us, for the stu­dents and for the future,” he said.