BU President Robert Brown Urges BU Academy GraduatesTo Build On Their Education & Follow Their Instincts

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

(Boston) – Just one day after the university’s 133rd commencement, Boston University President Robert A. Brown addressed a much smaller in number but no less distinguished graduating class on campus.

At the Tsai Performance Center, Dr. Brown joined the entire Boston University Academy (BUA) community to celebrate and honor BUA’s Class of 2006. As the event’s commencement speaker, Dr. Brown congratulated the 37 graduates for their outstanding academic accomplishments, including their work with BU professors to write in-depth senior theses, and also encouraged them to “learn to use education for a foundation for the life decisions you will make.”

While Dr. Brown indicated that he understood the importance of setting goals, he also urged that “opportunities that you don’t expect will present themselves” and most importantly “leave possibilities open and listen to your instincts.” Ultimately, Dr. Brown advised, life is defined by education, experience, and intuition. Illustrating this point, he provided insight into his own journey from being a chemical engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin to his arrival as president of BU.

BU Academy Head of School, Dr. James Tracy, praised the graduates for their desire to learn, explore, and share ideas, stating “that is a love that will last.” Also speaking at the commencement were two members of the BUA Class of 2006, Aaron Schein and Coleman Connelly, as well as BUA `05 Alumnus Lauren Williams.

Five members of the BUA Class of 2006 will attend Boston University in the fall. Other prestigious destinations include Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art, New York University, Northwestern University and Williams College.

Boston University Academy is a small, independent, coeducational high school fostering learning in a community environment with the unique benefit of Boston University’s resources.

Boston University President Robert A. Brown
Boston University President Robert A. Brown