Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business celebrated the graduation of over 300 students Thursday, September 1, in Matthews Arena, conferring diplomas in 12 master's degree programs.

Remarks were made throughout the ceremony by North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun, com­mence­ment speaker Sy Stern­berg, ME'68, H'12, and stu­dent speaker Yuliya Bass, MBA'16.

Sy Sternberg, retired chairman of the board and CEO of New York Life Insur­ance Com­pany and chairman emer­itus of Northeastern's Board of Trustees, chose to share three life lessons during his speech, reminding each graduate of the opportunity they share ahead.

“This country can't suc­ceed without your skills,” he said. “This country does not move for­ward without you.”

Student speaker Yuliya Bass, MBA'16, Finance Track, completed her corporate residency at a financial services firm, her experience at D'Amore McKim wholly shaped by classroom and real world experience. She encouraged her fellow graduates to continue to learn and use their common sense for good as the next generation of world leaders.

“I hope we will never stop learning and being intel­lec­tu­ally curious. I hope that common sense will rule our deci­sions and help us con­cen­trate on real issues facing us as a new gen­er­a­tion of leaders,” said Bass.

Many graduates have already received and accepted full-time offers of employment from the firms they worked at during their corporate residencies; D'Amore-McKim School of Business Dean Hugh Courtney highlighted their accomplishments.

“Thank you for bringing so much pas­sion and drive to our uni­ver­sity, your employers, and, in many cases, your own ven­tures. It has truly been a priv­i­lege to teach you but also to learn from you,” said Courtney.

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