Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Elation permeated the air as the Charlotte campus held its Fifth Annual Graduation Celebration at the Bank of America Auditorium on Saturday, May 19. The campus holds an event each year in honor of graduates local to the region, which gives them an alternative option to the traditional Boston commencement earlier in May.

Check out video highlights here.

A reception preceded the graduation on Friday evening, May 18, which allowed graduates to enjoy fellowship with family, friends, faculty, and staff on the Charlotte campus. At the reception, graduates participated in the campus’ Paws on Paws tradition, a custom that allows students to place their thumbprint on the university’s Husky mascot.

The annual celebration, originally held at the Charlotte campus, moved to an external location beginning in 2017, after the number of graduates outgrew the campus space. This year, a growing number of  Doctor of Education graduates participated in the program—which included a doctoral hooding—along with master’s degree graduates, and for the first time in campus history, second-bachelor’s degree graduates from the School of Nursing.

Dr. Cheryl Richards, the campus’ CEO and dean, and Dr. Mary Loeffelholz, dean of the College of Professional Studies, led the graduation procession, welcoming and recognizing the new graduates as part of the Northeastern family.

Northeastern alum Tim Tobin ’93, head of Cyber Security Risk Oversight at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, was this year’s keynote speaker. Tobin reflected on his years at the Boston campus and drew experiences from his personal and professional life as examples of what the graduates might encounter on their leadership journey.

Student Speaker Corinne Guidi, a graduate of the Doctor of Education program, gave reflections on the student experience, reminding her fellow graduates to “be grateful, be responsible, be the change, and you’ll see that your sacrifices were worth it.”

Rick Davis, vice president of Alumni Relations, welcomed our new alumni, expressing that Northeastern “strive[s] every day to create a home for you all over the world where we will […] include and welcome you with open arms eager to serve you.” Indeed, the university’s alumni is represented in over 160 countries around the world. With a family that large, Davis encouraged our newest alumni to take advantage of all the resources and services available at Northeastern, tell their story, and strengthen their new global family.

Pictures of both the graduation and reception can be viewed our Flickr page.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!


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