Taryana Gilbeau (’14), a senior public relations major, was selected from 56 entries to deliver the student Commencement address in front of an estimated 20,000 guests at Boston University’s 141st Commencement on May 18, 2014.

The first in her family to attend college, Gilbeau told the audience, “I wasn’t supposed to be here.” Thanks to a scholarship from The Posse Foundation, she defeated the odds and has accepted a full-time position with the organization upon graduation.

During her time at BU, Gilbeau participated in Fusion Hip-hop Dance Troupe and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she was a resident assistant in Kilachand Hall and she studied abroad in Shanghai. She recently received the $4,500 Gerald Powers Public Relations Award, presented in honor of professor emeritus Gerald Powers (’56).

Gilbeau summarized her experience at BU, saying, “BU humbled me and challenged me in all the right ways,” and she thanked her fellow students for providing such a great support system.

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