Commencement close-up

Published: June 2010

Four graduating seniors were lent video cameras by @BC and invited to chronicle Commencement Day, May 24, 2010. To view a montage of their films, shot atop the Beacon Street garage, in residence halls, along Linden Lane, and inside Alumni Stadium, click on “play video,” above.

Some 2,200 undergraduates and 1,320 graduate students, representing 58 countries, received degrees at these 134th Commencement exercises. In remarks that opened the ceremony, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, urged the graduates to be “forces for good and powerful examples for those around you.” In his Commencement address, Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO and chairman of General Electric, called on graduates to answer the world’s need for “ethical optimists.”

This year’s honorary degree recipients included Commencement speaker Immelt; Joy Haywood Moore ’81, deputy head of academy of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa; John Harrington ’57, MBA’66, Yawkey Foundation chairman and former Red Sox CEO; Anthony Bryk ’70, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Sr. Mary Hart, RGS, who has run summer and after-school programs for Boston’s inner city children for nearly 30 years; and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, now a member of the Congregation for Bishops.

The entire Commencement proceedings, filmed by Boston College Media Technology Services, can be viewed here.

This feature was posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 and is filed under Videos.
Producer: Ravi Jain. Video: Chris Demaras ’10 of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kimberly Ramjattan ’10 of the Connell School of Nursing, Alyssa Martin ’10 of the Carroll School of Management, and Bryan Ramos of the Lynch School of Education ’10.