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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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A Commencement to Remember

June 12th, 2013

Commencement 2013 was a special occasion, as we wished well this year’s graduating class. If you weren’t there (or if you were), you might want to watch the video highlights. Or, check out this time-lapse video of the setup, celebration, and breakdown of the events at Nickerson Field. Or watch this video of the commencement address by Wendy Kopp (Hon.’13), founder and chair of Teach for America. Student commencement speaker Adolfo Gatti (CAS’13) did CAS proud as he addressed his outgoing classmates. Read the recent BU Today article on Adolfo here.

CAS and GRS gave our graduates a warm send-off. The weekend included 33 separate ceremonies for CAS/GRS, including Class Day, the GRS Hooding Ceremony, and departmental and program convocations. Approximately 1,200 people packed the Metcalf Ballroom for CAS Class Day on Friday afternoon, May 17. Psychology graduate Miles Greene was the student speaker, and awards were given out recognizing academic achievement as well as student service and leadership. For a full list of award recipients, see the program here. In total, there are over 1,600 undergraduate students graduating from CAS in the Class of 2013, including January and September graduates.

The PhD Hooding Ceremony, held Friday evening in Metcalf Hall, honored 204 newly minted PhDs. As Dean Sapiro explained in her remarks, the practice of hooding is derived from the medieval predecessors of today’s universities and celebrates the professors welcoming new PhDs into a community of scholars. The student speech was given by Kamen Kozarev, a PhD graduate from Astronomy. Read his speech here.

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