Graduates urged to empower others, impact the world

North­eastern cel­e­brated the Class of 2014 and pre­sented hon­orary degrees to a group of influ­en­tial leaders and scholars on Friday morning during the under­grad­uate cer­e­mony of the university’s 112th com­mence­ment exer­cises. The cel­e­bra­tion was held at TD Garden in Boston before some 20,000 stu­dents, uni­ver­sity leaders, fac­ulty, staff, family, and friends.

North­eastern pre­sented hon­orary degrees to Janet Napoli­tano, the former U.S. Sec­re­tary of Home­land Secu­rity who is now pres­i­dent of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia; award-​​winning enter­tain­ment icon LL COOL J; and former NFL player Wade Davis II, who is cur­rently the exec­u­tive director of the You Can Play Project, an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to ending dis­crim­i­na­tion, sexism, and homo­phobia in sports.

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