At NU, Powell Kicks Off Area Commencement Speeches

Northeastern University commencement, at Boston's TD Garden (sferranti/Instagram)
Northeastern University commencement, at Boston's TD Garden (sferranti/Instagram)

On Friday, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell delivered the commencement address at Northeastern University's 110th ceremony, where he urged the graduating class, in part, to "make public service a part of your life.

"Do something that gives you satisfaction every day and makes our society a better place," Powell added, according to the Boston Globe.

Northeastern kicked off the slew of Boston-area undergraduate commencements that pack May and June every year. Here's a partial list of local commencements and speakers:

  • Boston College - May 21 - Journalist Robert Woodruff
  • Boston University - May 20 - Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
  • Emerson - May 14 - Journalist David Gregory
  • Emmanuel - May 12 - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Anne Hawley
  • Harvard - May 24 - Journalist Fareed Zakaria
  • Lesley - May 19 - Education advocate Kati Haycock and The Rev. Gloria White-Hammond
  • MIT - June 8 - Khan Academy founder Salman Khan
  • Simmons - May 18 - Journalist Maria Hinojosa
  • Suffolk - May 20 - Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont
  • Tufts - May 20 - Humanitarian and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens
  • UMass Boston - June 1 - Former U.N. Security Council President Anwarul Karim Chowdhury
  • Wellesley - May 25 - Journalist Melissa Harris-Perry

This program aired on May 4, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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