The Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences 2024 Convocation Ceremony was held Saturday, May 18, and was exclusive to CDS students (undergraduates, master’s and Ph.D. candidates). Convocation in May is the only event where student names were called by Degree Programs.


Saturday, May 18, 2024


Boston University Tsai Performing Arts Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston [map]

Commencement Speaker:

Brahm Alexander Rhodes (ENG ’85, ENG ’88, GRS ’91)

General Partner, Malaika Ventures

Dr. Brahm Rhodes is a multi-disciplinary engineer, venture-backed founder, and General Partner at Malaika Ventures, where he invests in early-stage climate tech startups through a transformative climate justice lens. Brahm is passionate about leveraging technology and data to increase access to and improve knowledge, health, and financial well-being and address climate change and responsible AI to create a sustainable future for everyone.

Brahm has founded and worked in various startups, was an NIH Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and has deep experience across multiple industries and technologies. He is also a mentor with leading startup accelerators, teaches data science and AI/ML, and lectures on responsible AI.

Dr. Rhodes holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.




Azer Bestavros, Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences

Convocation Speaker

Brahm Rhodes, Founder & General Partner, Malaika Ventures

Presentation of Graduate Credentials

Professor Thomas Tullius
Professor Thomas Gardos

Presentation of Undergraduate Credentials

Professor Tanima Chatterjee

CDS Awards Presentation

Sendoff from Faculty & Staff

Professor Wesley Wildman

Closing Remarks

Associate Provost Bestavros


A reception was held immediately following the CDS Convocation Ceremony in the Robert A. & Beverly A. Brown Atrium located on the first floor of the Center for Computing & Data Sciences, 665 Commonwealth Ave., Boston [map].


GradImages, a vendor managed by BU, took photos of graduates crossing the stage. Please refer to the information on the central BU Commencement website here for details on how to purchase the images. If you have any questions, please contact GradImages directly using the contact information listed on the page, or contact BU Commencement at  

Additional photography was taken by the BU Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences and will be shared on the CDS website and social media channels for promotional purposes. 


Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates. No diplomas will be available on the day of the ceremony. See the diploma mailing schedule.

Questions? Email Micah Sieber, director of CDS Academic Programs at


For those who wish to attend the All-University Commencement Exercises, they will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 1 pm on Nickerson Field. Please visit the BU Commencement webpage ( or email for details.