Friday marks the end of one journey and the begin­ning of a new one for the Class of 2013, which will take part in North­eastern University’s 111th Com­mence­ment.

The morning cer­e­mony for under­grad­uate stu­dents begins at 10:30 a.m. at TD Garden in Boston. Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun will lead the uni­ver­sity in cel­e­brating an accom­plished group of 3,200 grad­u­ating seniors.

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group pres­i­dent, will deliver the Com­mence­ment address. At the under­grad­uate cer­e­mony, North­eastern will also present hon­orary degrees to a group of influ­en­tial leaders. The recip­i­ents are: Bar­bara Lynch, an award-​​winning and nation­ally rec­og­nized chef who grew up in South Boston; and Jack D. Bryant, an inno­vator in the engi­neering industry, a Con­gres­sional Gold Medal recip­ient, and a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, who earned his master’s degree in engi­neering man­age­ment from North­eastern in 1976.

Boston Police Com­mis­sioner Edward Davis will also accept an hon­orary degree on behalf of all the first respon­ders and law enforce­ment at the Boston Marathon bomb­ings who self­lessly sprung into action to pro­vide care and sup­port to those in need fol­lowing the tragic events of April 15. First respon­ders include public safety offi­cials, emer­gency med­ical per­sonnel, stu­dents, marathon run­ners, and count­less others.

Miguel de Corral, a senior inter­na­tional affairs major who has studied and con­ducted research in more than a dozen coun­tries across the world, will deliver the stu­dent Com­mence­ment address.

The cer­e­mony for grad­uate stu­dents begins at 3:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena. Nikesh Arora, senior vice pres­i­dent and chief busi­ness officer at Google, will deliver the grad­uate cer­e­mony address and receive an hon­orary degree.

Friday’s Com­mence­ment exer­cises will be streamed live. For full news cov­erage of Northeastern’s 2013 Com­mence­ment exer­cises, visit the news@Northeastern Com­mence­ment page. For play-​​by-​​play event cov­erage, follow @Northeastern on Twitter and use the offi­cial North­eastern Com­mence­ment hashtag, #NU2013.

This year’s Com­mence­ment cel­e­bra­tions kicked off on Thursday after­noon at Northeastern’s second-​​annual hooding cer­e­mony in the Cabot Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion Center for more than 175 grad­u­ates receiving their doctor of phi­los­ophy degrees.

Doctoral candidates process into Cabot Cage for Thursday's hooding ceremony. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Doc­toral can­di­dates process into Cabot Cage for Thursday’s hooding cer­e­mony. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

In his wel­coming remarks, Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, con­grat­u­lated the stu­dents for their tremen­dous accomplishment.

Rel­a­tively few people have the oppor­tu­nity to dis­cover some­thing new and create new knowl­edge,” Director said. “Our grad­u­ates have not only had that oppor­tu­nity, but they’ve suc­ceeded in doing so.”

Director noted that the hooding cer­e­mony also marks the cul­mi­na­tion of an “ambi­tious intel­lec­tual journey trav­eled by the stu­dents and their fac­ulty advisers.” During this time, he said, stu­dents gain exper­tise in their fields, receive sup­port and guid­ance from their advisers, and form strong bonds with fac­ulty that last a life­time. One day, Director added, grad­u­ates will become men­tors to their own crop of students.

After the all grad­u­ates were pre­sented with their doc­toral hoods, Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun offered closing remarks. He said stu­dents today are grad­u­ating at a time when knowl­edge is rapidly growing, noting that Northeastern’s doc­toral can­di­dates are “shaping the next breakthroughs.”

A doctoral candidate is hooded at Thursday's ceremony.

A doc­toral can­di­date is hooded at Thursday’s cer­e­mony. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

With the growth and avail­ability of online edu­ca­tion resources, he added, some are ques­tioning the tra­di­tional uni­ver­sity teaching model. In response to that idea, he said, “Online edu­ca­tion can’t exist unless you have teacher scholars who are gen­er­ating new fields, and you are the ones who are going to gen­erate those new fields.”