Alumni News & Events

Keep up with your fellow alumni and see what’s happening at MET. Recent class notes are listed below but also appear twice a year in Metropolitan, MET’s online and print magazine.

You may submit your own class note with our Class Notes Submission Form or email

Alumnus Ralph H. Groce III Delivers Speech for MET Commencement 2017

June 7th, 2017

MET 2017 Commencement Speaker Ralph H. Groce III

On May 20, 2017, Metropolitan College welcomed Ralph H. Groce III as the Commencement speaker and recipient of MET’s Distinguished Alumni Award honoring service to the alma mater. Groce (Questrom’82, MET’84) delivered a galvanizing and rousing address that referenced playwright George Bernard Shaw, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, fictional Star Wars character Yoda, and two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee Ric Flair.

Groce is chief information officer and senior vice president at Everest Global Services, where he oversees a global team of 500 responsible for delivering industry-leading technology solutions that support Everest’s strategy and deliver business outcomes. Over the course of his twenty-year career, Groce has worked for organizations including Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, MetLife, and Wachovia. He has served on the boards of Fresh Youth Initiatives in New York City and the Socrates Academy in Charlotte. He has also served as a mentor for the Covenant House Rites of Passage program in New York City, and a mentor and professional advisor to the GENTS program at Vance High School in Charlotte.

As a BU undergraduate in the early 1980s, Groce was on the Men’s Basketball team, for which he earned a varsity letter. He received his bachelor’s degree from BU’s Questrom School of Business in 1982, and then earned his Master of Urban Affairs degree at Metropolitan College in 1984. He currently serves on the MET Dean’s Advisory Board, and recently endowed a scholarship to support undergraduate students completing their degrees at Metropolitan College.

Documentary Tells Life Story, Accomplishments of Chef Jacques Pépin

May 18th, 2017

Jacques Pépin speaks at Boston University's MET50 Gala

Before Jacques Pépin became an acclaimed chef, TV host, author, and cofounder (with Julia Child) of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, he put in his time humbly developing the craft that would go on to bring him worldwide renown. The story of his ascent as a food icon is documented in the new PBS special, American Masters—Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft, which debuts Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m.

After a recent advance screening of the documentary, Pépin admitted that when he got his start, kitchen work was not as respected as it has become today. “At the time, the cook was very low on the social scale,” Pépin explained.

Read more in the Boston Herald.

Border Sheriff—and MET Criminal Justice Vet—Offers Fresh Ways to Consider Proposed Mexican Wall

April 11th, 2017

Border Sheriff—and MET Criminal Justice Vet—Offers Fresh Ways to Consider Proposed Mexican Wall

Arizona Sheriff Mark Napier (MET ’04) knows his way around the Mexican border. After all, the law-enforcement officer and coordinator of Metropolitan College’s top-ranked online Master of Criminal Justice program is tasked with policing a 125 mile stretch of the international boundary, giving him unique perspective on the challenges facing the immigration hotbed.

Elected sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County in November, Napier spoke with the BBC’s Eddie Mair to offer insight into President Donald J. Trump’s proposed boundary wall along the U.S./Mexican border.

“I think ‘the wall’ as a term is analogous to a lot of things,” he explained. “We talk, in this country, a lot about a traditional wall, meaning bricks and mortar or some sort of physical barrier, and there are places on the border that simply do not lend themselves to what we would categorize as a traditional wall,” he added, citing topographical and structural concerns.

“So I think when we speak of a wall, we need to think of it as an analogous term to meaning, potentially, human resources, technology, and where appropriate, physical borders,” Napier said.

For more, tune into the BBC.

Food Business is Booming, Says Gastronomy Alum

February 15th, 2017

Food Business is Booming, Says Gastronomy Alum

The food industry is growing in rapid and innovative ways, according to one MET alum, who says some businesses are even turning down opportunities for funding. After earning the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from BU, Natalie Shmulik (MLA’13) now serves a food business consultant at a Chicago-based food incubator, and she spoke with Forbes magazine about the many ways people are finding funding in food.

Read more of Shmulik’s advice to aspiring food entrepreneurs in Forbes.

MET Alum Offers Advice to Developing Professionals

February 7th, 2017

MET Alum Michael Mccabe Offers Advice to Developing Professionals

Michael McCabe (MET’86,’87) knows how essential lifelong learning is to a flourishing career. McCabe, who sits on the Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board, transitioned from a career in engineering to one in computer science after getting his education at BU. Now a managing director at the world’s largest professional services firm, where he regularly hires fellow BU alums, McCabe spoke with BU Today to share his professional insights for graduates who are just getting started in their careers.

Read more in BU Today.