Boston University's Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences is proud to announce its upcoming convocation ceremony, set to take place on Sunday, May 21st, 2023, at 9am. The event will be held to honor the remarkable achievements of the graduating class of 2023 and the first cohort to graduate from the Center for Computing & Data Sciences.

The ceremony will commence with a warm welcome from Azer Bestavros, the Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences. Bestavros will set the stage for the inspiring event that lies ahead. The convocation will feature a guest speaker, Fred Cibelli (CAS ’99) who is currently a Principal in Technology Consulting at Ernst & Young LLP. Cibelli, will share his insights and experiences with the graduates, providing them with valuable guidance as they embark on their professional journeys.

Following the guest speaker's address, there will be a presentation of commemorative awards and undergraduate certificates by Professor Mark Crovella followed by Associate Provost Bestavros who will deliver closing remarks.

Congratulations Graduates

Bachelor of Science in Data Science Degree Candidates

Samantha Chen
Daniel Skahill, Summa Cum Laude
Yile Wang, Magna Cum Laude
Edward James Wong
Zining Ye

Minor in Data Science Candidates

John Bestavros
Sneha Korlakunta
Wenyan Zhang



Azer Bestavros
Associate Provost for Computing & Data Sciences

Convocation Speaker

Fred Cibelli (CAS ’99)
Principal, Technology Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP

Presentation of Commemorative Awards

Presentation of Undergraduate Credentials

Professor Mark Crovella
Chair of Academic Affairs

Sendoff from Faculty & Staff

Professor Wesley Wildman
Chair of Faculty Affairs

Closing Remarks

Associate Provost Bestavros

About the Convocation Speaker: Fredric Cibelli (CAS'99)

Fred Cibelli, EY

With nearly 20 years of experience delivering complex technology transformations for multinational financial services clients, Fredric leads technology sales for the EY Metro NY Banking and Capital Market segment and is a leader in the Cloud and Emerging Technology practice. Before this role, Fredric was Chief Technology Officer for the EY Global Financial Services group, managing a 30-plus global product portfolio and technology platform build out. Prior to that role, Fredric led other EY technology practices, including the EY Technology Transformation practice and Process Innovation offering, where he focused on agile transformations and innovative ways to redesign processes using the latest technologies.

Before joining EY, Fredric was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, responsible for development of the 14th Air Force’s global cybersecurity and part of the 92nd Information Warfare Squadron leading service-wide information warfare exercises.

Fredric earned a BS in Computer Science from Boston University. His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

How Fredric is building a better working world: “I used to say ‘technology touches every part of the client’s business,’ but nowadays clients are in the technology business. Almost all financial services companies are telling the market they are ‘technology companies first,’ but the challenge is making technology permeate through everyday business life. Products driven by user centric design, evidence based decision making, agile development, and acceptance of cloud are the concepts that organizations are trying to embed into their culture today. After twenty years of ‘IT’, transformations have typically been expensive and fail more times than they succeed. My passion is helping business leaders navigate this change, modernizing their organizations to take advantage of technology, disrupt their processes and deliver best-in-class products that win in the market.”

Pledge of the Computing and Data Science Professional

As a responsible computing and data scientist, I aspire to

bring algorithms and data-driven software systems to bear on the challenges of our time;
improve public understanding of computing technologies and their potential for good and ill.

As a practicing professional, I will always strive to

respect and protect the dignity, privacy, and agency of all users, subjects, or objects of my work;
recognize and disclose the limitations of my work and seek help from experts as needed;
submit that knowingly or unknowingly my work may impact lives now and into the future; and
uphold my moral obligations and use my skills ethically for the public good and wellbeing of all.

With my actions, I pledge to honor my discipline and to pursue my career with the highest level of integrity and competence.