Special Events


True to its global character, Northeastern kicked off Empower, the university’s most ambitious campaign ever, with celebrations that began in Boston, then spread around the globe. At these gatherings, the first of many, President Joseph E. Aoun and university leaders issued inspiring calls for support and engagement—and the community turned out in force.

As the Empower campaign progresses, Northeastern continues to hold exciting events that will advance the university’s ongoing mission to advance students, faculty, and research, while supporting our position as the world’s leader in experiential learning. Drawing on the themes of innovation and interactivity, these events focus on people—the faculty, students, alumni, staff, and supporters who are empowering Northeastern’s future.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our forward momentum.



Stay tuned for events in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year!


Spring 2016

Empower: Los Angeles | April 12, 2016

Empower: San Diego | April 14, 2016

Empower: Philadelphia | November 18, 2015

Empower: Dubai | March 13, 2015

Empower: Fort Myers, Florida | March 3, 2015

Empower: Washington, D.C. | October 16, 2014

Empower: Hong Kong | May 27, 2014

Empower: New York City | April 3, 2014

Bringing the Empower Campaign to the Big Apple was no small feat, but proved to be a unique and rewarding experience as guests made their way through a 360 degree tour of exciting exhibits.

Empower: Silicon Valley | March 4, 2014

Empower: San Francisco | March 6, 2014

EmpowerFest: Boston | November 15-16, 2013

The North­eastern com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the university-​​wide launch of its $1 bil­lion Empower cam­paign with EmpowerFest, an exciting show­case fea­turing dozens of inter­ac­tive exhibits that high­lighted inno­v­a­tive stu­dent and fac­ulty research projects, as well as musical per­for­mances, food, and fun activ­i­ties for all ages.

EmpowerFest served as the cen­ter­piece of Home­coming Weekend, which brought together gen­er­a­tions of alumni and cur­rent stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff to cel­e­brate the university’s momentum and show their North­eastern pride.

“Many of you have told me that you love what you are seeing here today,” Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said during his wel­coming remarks. “But this didn’t happen by itself. The stu­dents, staff, and fac­ulty have been working hard. But more impor­tantly, you empow­ered them. You made it happen because many of you have invested in them.”

Global Launches of Empower: The United Kingdom and Europe

London | July 2, 2013

Paris | July 8, 2013

The campaign’s energy reverberated across the Atlantic. In London on July 2, 2013, 140 alumni, parents, students, and friends convened at the Four Seasons at Park Lane, joined by men’s rowing team members, who were competing that week in the Henley Royal Regatta. On July 8, a smaller group shared their Northeastern stories over dinner in Paris at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

The Launch of Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern University

Boston | May 23, 2013

Reflecting Northeastern’s distinctive mix of classroom and real-world learning, the Empower campaign’s Boston launch was a dynamic, interactive experience. More than 400 lead supporters and friends gathered on campus on May 23, some from as far away as Singapore. Guests mingled with faculty and students on a basketball court transformed into a showcase of research projects and ventures. They enjoyed exciting, hands-on activities that showcased Northeastern’s problem-solving, action-driven ethos.

The Empower campaign’s alumni co-chairs explained the motivations behind their record-breaking $60 million gift in 2012 to the business school. Richard D’Amore, a 1976 graduate, and Alan McKim, who earned an MBA in 1988, lent their names to what is now the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

“We recognize Northeastern’s potential, just as Northeastern recognized our potential as students,” said McKim, a university trustee.

“We’re tremendously proud of our university,” added D’Amore, board vice chair, who called all gifts to Northeastern “a bold investment in the future.”