With the after­math of marathon bomb­ings still hanging over Boston, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity began the city’s com­mence­ment season Friday to rec­og­nize its stu­dents’ achieve­ments and the work of region’s first responders.

More than 20,000 stu­dents, family mem­bers, friends, fac­ulty, and staff gath­ered in TD Garden Friday morning to cheer and cel­e­brate the grad­u­ating class, but the joyous day was not without solemn reflec­tion on recent events.

While we have much to cel­e­brate we are joined in the shadow of tragedy. North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said in his opening remarks. “We are feeling a con­flicting mix of emo­tions: joy and pain, tri­umph and loss. For­tu­nately we also draw strength from one another.”

Aoun rec­og­nized the first respon­ders, law enforce­ment offi­cials, and ordi­nary cit­i­zens who helped at the finish line after the bomb­ings, including North­eastern stu­dents in the Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences orig­i­nally there to offer first aid and rou­tine assis­tance to marathon runners.

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