Celebrate graduation at CommencementFest

Thursday night’s fes­tiv­i­ties on Cen­ten­nial Common will give grad­u­ates and their guests a chance to cel­e­brate before Friday’s Com­mence­ment. The free event will fea­ture food, live per­for­mances, and a Class of 2016 time­line cre­ated by grad­u­ating senior Julia Wilson. And be sure to check out the North­eastern Snapchat account for high­lights from the event.

Meet the graduates: Wendy Chu

Wendy Chu chose to attend North­eastern because she felt the uni­ver­sity “stretched the def­i­n­i­tion of a col­lege stu­dent.” Chu’s many accom­plish­ments include a co-​​op at a White House ini­tia­tive, studying polit­ical theory and sus­tain­able urban devel­op­ment on Dia­logues in China and the Nether­lands, and working across mar­keting, busi­ness devel­op­ment, and project man­age­ment teams at student-​​led and tech star­tups. “I’ll remember that any­thing felt pos­sible here,” she says. This fall, she will attend Har­vard Law School.

Northeastern’s coolest co-​​ops

North­eastern stu­dents engage in co-​​op oppor­tu­ni­ties in some pretty cool places, doing some pretty cool things. Each year, stu­dents submit videos that illus­trate why they think their co-​​op is the best—or the “coolest.” Check out this year’s win­ning videos, which high­light some pow­erful exam­ples of our stu­dents’ exciting co-​​ops all around the globe.

With Fulbright, Northeastern student wants to fuse education and violence prevention

Grad­u­ating senior Esther Laa­ninen has received a Ful­bright fel­low­ship to teach Eng­lish in Colombia. She says her global expe­ri­ences and teaching oppor­tu­ni­ties in com­mu­ni­ties around the world have pre­pared her well.

Meet the graduates: Julieta Moradei

Julieta Moradei was just 16 years old when she enrolled at North­eastern. After grad­u­ating with five co-​​ops, she will begin a PhD pro­gram in struc­tural engi­neering at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, Berkeley–one of six offers from pres­ti­gious schools including MIT, Stan­ford, and Princeton.

Meet the graduates: Colin Bernardo

Colin Bernardo is a human­i­tarian to the core. He com­pleted his bachelor’s in reha­bil­i­ta­tive sci­ence with honors and is now entering the clin­ical com­po­nent of Northeastern’s Doctor of Phys­ical Therapy pro­gram. His stellar aca­d­emic record, how­ever, marks just the begin­ning of a uni­ver­sity career driven by the desire to help others.

3Qs: What coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef means for the world

Marine sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia recently reported that 93 per­cent of the Great Bar­rier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally the result of warming ocean tem­per­a­tures, could lead to “the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of a rain­forest with no trees.”