From inspirational speeches to unforgettable memories, we captured some special moments celebrated during the D'Amore-McKim graduate programs commencement on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Take a peek back at the special day for students, families, and friends.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.