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A Look Back at the Last Four Years

Recalling pop culture, world news events witnessed by the BU Class of 2017

A lot can happen in the space of four years. Events can reshape international politics, world health, pop culture, even life on the BU campus.

On a global note, the Class of 2017 has witnessed a rise in terrorism at home and abroad, an Ebola epidemic that claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people, escalation of the civil war in Syria, a growing immigration crisis, the death of Cuba’s longtime dictator Fidel Castro and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, and a presidential election whose repercussions will be felt for decades.

Closer to home, during their four years here, class members have seen a much-needed new athletics facility, New Balance Field, the building of the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) and the almost complete Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), as well as a rechristening of the School of Management to the Questrom School of Business.

And let’s not forget some of the key pop culture moments of the past four years: a Winter and a Summer Olympics, a third World Series pennant for the Red Sox, two more Super Bowl rings for the New England Patriots, the release of hit songs like “Wrecking Ball,” by Miley Cyrus, “Sing,” by Ed Sheeran,” “Bad Blood,” by Taylor Swift, and “Hello,” by Adele, the rise (and fall) of Vine, the introduction of the Apple watch, and the death of celebrities David Bowie, Prince, and Robin Williams.

Find more information about Commencement on the Commencement website.

Carlos Soler can be reached at csoler@bu.edu. Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

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One Comment on A Look Back at the Last Four Years

  • Beth Worthy on 05.19.2017 at 7:53 am

    How well you have chronicled the dramatic, sometimes path-breaking events as they unfolded in the last 4 years, Carlos! Yes, the world witnessed troubled times, but on a brighter note, closer home, there was more to cheer for rather than feel gloomy about.

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