Patrick, Bialik, and Cosby Among Honorees at 2014 All-University Commencement

Graduates on Nickerson Field

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, members of the GSDM community joined the crowd of some 20,000 guests at Nickerson Field for the 141st Boston University All-University Commencement.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered the keynote address in which he lauded human intimacy and community. Patrick entreated the graduates: “Be present—and see what a difference it makes in your lives and the world.”

Patrick received an honorary Doctor of Laws. The following individuals also receiving honorary degrees: Emmy-nominated actress and writer Mayim Hoya Bialik, Doctor of Humane Letters; City Year CEO and cofounder Michael Brown, Doctor of Humane Letters; Emmy-winning actor and education advocate Bill Cosby, Doctor of Humane Letters; BU trustee Rajen Kilachand (GSM 74), Doctor of Humane Letters; and MIT molecular biologist and this year’s Baccalaureate speaker Nancy Hopkins, Doctor of Science.

President Robert A. Brown awarded The Metcalf Cup and Prize for Teaching Excellence to Stormy Attaway, a College of Engineering Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Brown presented Metcalf Awards for Teaching Excellence to Terry Everson, a College of Fine Arts Associate Professor of Music, and Alan Marscher, a College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Astronomy.

Taryana Gilbeau COM 14 gave the student address on how she used her “unique story as motivation” to succeed at BU.