Getting Pomp-ed Up
Photos by Boston University Photo Services| From Commonwealth
Some 5,800 graduates and 20,000 guests gathered at Nickerson Field for BU’s 135th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. President Robert A. Brown introduced Commencement speaker Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox. Click here to watch a video of Lucchino’s address.
Poet Allison Adair, a College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program lecturer, was presented with the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the University’s highest teaching honor. This year’s Metcalf Award winners were T. Jefferson Kline, a College of Arts and Sciences professor of French literature and cinema, and Andrew Kull, a School of Law professor who is credited with transforming the typically dry first-year contracts course into a highly entertaining course now known as “Kulltracts.”
Lucchino received an honorary Doctor of Laws at BU’s Commencement. Receiving Doctors of Humane Letters were Earle M. Chiles, president of Earle Chiles and Affiliated Companies, a BU trustee emeritus, and a member of the University’s Board of Overseers; Millard “Mickey” Drexler (GSM’68), chairman and CEO of J. Crew Group, Inc., and a 2006 BU Alumni Award recipient; Baccalaureate speaker William H. Hayling, a physician who cofounded 100 Black Men, an organization designed to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and other minorities; and Billie Jean King, the tennis legend who won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles tennis titles and who was a leader in the movement to bring professionalism and gender equity to the sport.
William H. Hayling, a renowned African-American obstetrician and founder of 100 Black Men of America, was the speaker at the Baccalaureate Service at Marsh Chapel. Click here to watch a video of Hayling’s address.