Commencement 2009

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On May 18, some 3,395 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees at Boston College’s 133rd Commencement ceremonies. In an Alumni Stadium address, filmmaker Ken Burns (right) urged graduates to look to history as an “important ally and guide” and to dedicate themselves to “the preservation of this country’s most enduring ideals….To choose the values of enlightened self-interest, but only those interests that lift others along with yourself.” Burns, creator of award-winning documentaries on the Civil War, jazz, and baseball, received an honorary doctorate of fine arts. Also receiving honorary degrees were: Margot C. Connell, Joseph E. Corcoran ’59, Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, ’64, MA ’65, Carolyn A. Lynch, and Benaree Pratt Wiley. In his introductory remarks University President William P. Leahy, SJ, (left) encouraged the graduates to “use your gifts for the good of all.”

This feature was posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 and is filed under Featured Photo.

Photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert