Beacon Hill resident and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver Northeastern University’s 2016 commencement address at TD Garden, where he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination 12 years earlier.
NU President Joseph Auon made the announcement on Twitter Monday evening.
— President Aoun (@PresidentAoun) February 23, 2016
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) February 23, 2016
“John Kerry and Northeastern share a common bond: We are deeply rooted in Massachusetts yet fully engaged with the global community,” Aoun said in a release. “Through a lifelong commitment to public service, Secretary Kerry has distinguished himself as one of the truly consequential statesmen of his generation. His impact on the world serves as a powerful example for our graduates.”
Upon earning his law degree from Boston College in 1976, Kerry worked in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office before being elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1982. In 1984, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served for nearly three decades before President Barack Obama appointed him to his cabinet in February 2013. He made an unsuccessful run at the White House in 2004.
“I am grateful that President Aoun has invited me to address the graduating class at Northeastern University, which is no longer confined to Huntington Avenue but operating a global campus,” Kerry said. “Education today is a global enterprise, and we’re living in a time when jobs and opportunities take us all over the world. I look forward to returning to Massachusetts—and my hometown—to address the senior class and other graduates on this important and very happy occasion.”
Kerry, who received his bachelor’s degree from Yale, previously gave a commencement address to Northeastern’s graduate students in 2000.
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