D’Amore-McKim graduates urged to follow their talent, find their passion


2017 D'Amore-McKim graduates join an alumni network of more than 245,000 fellow huskies.

The 2017 D’Amore-McKim School of Business graduate class celebrated their accomplishments on Thursday, August 31, 2017, In Matthews Arena. The new graduate class, comprised of some 430 master’s degrees in 12 different programs, join an alumni network of more than 245,000 graduates living in 164 countries.

Many speakers congratulated the graduates on their achievements including Raj Echambadi, D’Amore-McKim’s inaugural Dunton Family Dean.

Raj Echambadi, D’Amore-McKim’s inaugural Dunton Family Dean, welcomed the graduates in Matthews Arena.

“You’ve worked very hard to get to this moment. You have brought passion and enthusiasm every day. You have inspired us on a daily basis. And while you have been a pleasure to teach, our faculty has also learned a lot from you,” he said. “I’m confident that you will take this D’Amore-McKim degree and do many great things professionally to benefit the world.”

Graduation speaker John Pulichino, CEO of Group III International Inc., an industry leader of travel-gear products, shared his early life experience attempting to meld his passion and known talent to secure a fulfilling career.

Graduation speaker John Pulichino, ME'72, addressed the students during the ceremony.

Pulichino, ME’72, is also a member of the Northeastern University Board of Trustees.

“Each and every generation is shaped by different events and forces and so develops its own set of attitudes and innovations different from those of the generation that came before or will come after,” Pulichino told graduates. “But following your talent, applying it to life’s opportunities, and in the process finding your passion is the theorem that I believe is timeless.”

Pulichino was introduced by Board of Trustees Vice Chair Alan McKim, MBA’88, as “the quintessential entrepreneur and a true Northeastern success story.” In 2012, an historic combined gift from McKim and alumnus Richard D’Amore, BA’76, named the business school.

Student speaker Shayne Reddington, MBA’17, reminded his fellow graduates of their times working together during their program, fusing diverse backgrounds to reach a common goal.

“We were all motivated and accomplished amazing things together—and we had fun doing it,” he said. “This experience will surely shape how I work with other people in the future, and this lesson is an important one,” he said.

Reddington will begin working as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduation.

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Student speaker Shayne Reddington, MBA'18 (middle) poses with Todd Alessandri,associate professor of international business and strategy, and Dean Raj Echambadi.