Life lessons and celebrations: graduates become masters

Over 300 students across 12 master’s degree programs graduated from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business on Sept. 1, 2016. From inspirational speeches to unforgettable memories, we captured some special moments of students, families, and their friends throughout the ceremony and reception celebration. Read more about the D’Amore-McKim graduation here and take a look at the photos below.

“Never stop learning and being intellectually curious.” Student speaker, Yuliya Bass, MBA’16, spoke to the graduating class of 2016.

“Never stop learning and being intellectually curious,” Yuliya Bass, MBA’16

Bass surprised her father (above) with the honor of student speaker.

Bass, originally from Belarus, did not tell her father that she was selected as the student speaker so he would be surprised. Despite not speaking English, he looked on with pride as she took a moment show her gratitude. “Thank you to our parents. Spasibo, Papa,” she said.

Commencement speaker Sy Sternberg, ME’68, H’12, imparted a few lessons for the graduates. “Let me pause for life lesson number one: make yourself visible,” he said. Sternberg is chairman emeritus of Northeastern’s Board of Trustees and retired chairman of the board and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company.

“Let me pause for life lesson number one: make yourself visible,” Commencement speaker Sy Sternberg, ME’68, H’12, said.

After walking across the stage to collect their degrees, students returned to their seats, many immediately looking at their diploma. It was official!


Students pin each other during the ceremony in Matthews Arena. Pinning is a rite of passage for graduating students which symbolizes their official entry into the Northeastern alumni community.


Many graduates celebrated notable accomplishments. One of them was Casey O’Neill, MS in Innovation graduate, who was recognized by President Joseph E. Aoun in his speech for her development of a new health conscious beverage called Truly Spiked & Sparkling.

“You have seized opportunity and turned it into success. Your education from Northeastern will place you at the threshold of limitless promise,” President Aoun said.

Casey O’Neill (center) graduated from the MS in Innovation program and developed a health conscious beverage, Truly Spiked & Sparkling


After the ceremony ended, new graduates posed for pictures outside of Matthews Arena, on Krentzman Quad and in front of the iconic Northeastern University sign along Huntington Ave.

At the reception in Curry Student Center, families and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.



For more information about our graduate programs, please visit our academic programs page.

Photos and captions by Emily Turner