Boston College 2019 Commencement

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Boston College 2019 Commencement

(solemn instrumental music) – [Announcer] Leading the platform party are Dr. Seth Meehan and the Reverend James F Keenan of the Society of Jesus, chief marshalls of the platform, and Kevin McLaughlin, president of the Boston College Alumni Association (solemn instrumental music) Now processing are the deans of the schools and colleges of the university (solemn instrumental music) Entering next are the vice presidents and senior administrators of Boston College (solemn instrumental music) Approaching the platform now are the members of the Board of Trustees and Trustee Associates of the University (solemn instrumental music) (martial music) (solemn instrumental music) Processing next are our 2019 honorary degree candidates: Dan Bunch, escorted by Father Anthony Penna, Associate Vice President for University Mission and Ministry; (solemn instrumental music) Reverend Robert D. Farrell of the Society of Jesus, escorted by Reverend Casey C. Beaumier of the Society of Jesus, Vice President and University Secretary;

(solemn instrumental music) (martial music) (solemn instrumental music) (people murmuring) Marilynne Summers Robinson, escorted by Mary T. Crane, Thomas F. Rattigan professor, director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts; (audience applauding) (solemn instrumental music) Thomas D. O’Malley, escorted by James J. Husson, Senior Vice President for University Advancement (solemn instrumental music) Processing now are his Eminence Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and the Reverend Robert L. Keane of the Society of Jesus, rector of the Jesuit Community (solemn instrumental music) And now our commencement speaker, Isabel Maria de Oliveira Capeloa Gil, rector of the Catholic University of Portugal, (audience applauding) escorted by Peter K. Markell, chair of the Boston College Board of Trustees, and the Reverend William P Leahy of the Society of Jesus, President of Boston College (solemn instrumental music) (audience applauding) (solemn instrumental music) – Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for our National Anthem and remain standing for the invocation The University Chorale, under the direction of John Finney, will sing the National Anthem ♪ O say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave? ♪ (audience applauding) – Oliver Rafferty, of the Society of Jesus, will offer the invocation – In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit God our father, Lord of all creation, we praise and thank you for all that you have given to us We thank you for having brought us, through the work of four years, to the happiness of this day Fill our hearts with gratitude for all who have helped us this far on our journey of life: our families, our friends, our teacher We pray for all who’ve been generous to us We ask you to give us hearts filled with kindness and love so that we may be generous to those in need Give us the ability and the grace to put our talents and our lives at the service of others We call to mind those who did not live to see this day and who now sleep in Your peace Grandparents, parents, siblings and friends, may our lives show forth something of their goodness In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi, make us instruments of Your peace Where there is hatred may we bring love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy God of all things, we ask you to bless Boston College, all who work here, all who study here As we take our leave of Boston College, we dedicate ourselves to the continued pursuit of wisdom and to the honor of Your name We make this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit One God forever and ever – [All The Rest] Amen (Oliver speaks in foreign language) – I thought a few words of Irish would not go amiss in this assembly (audience laughing) (audience applauding) – Please be seated William P. Leahy, of the Society of Jesus, President of Boston College, will now offer his welcoming remarks – Mr. Markell and members of the Board of Trustees, your Eminence Cardinal O’Malley, honored guests, particularly Isabel Capeloa Gil, our speaker today, and our other distinguished honorary degree recipients, members of the Golden Jubilee Class of 1969, and the Silver Jubilee Class of 1994, members of the Boston College Faculty and Staff, alumni, parents, guests and friends, and especially the 2019 graduates of Boston College, (audience applauding) on behalf of the entire university community, I welcome all here this morning in Alumni Stadium and those participating via webcast to the 143rd Commencement of Boston College This commencement This ceremony marks an end and a beginning for our graduates One phase of their lives is complete

and new possibilities and opportunities await them Today is about gratitude, memories, and the future We are especially grateful for our graduates and for what they accomplished as students during their years at the Heights They brought new life to Boston College with their talents, energy, commitment, and generosity Today reminds us how much our graduates received from their parents, spouses, family and friends, people whose steadfast support and encouragement had such decisive impact To express our gratitude, may I ask that family and friends of our graduates stand to allow the Class of 2019, faculty, staff and others here this morning, stand to present our thanks with a round of applause If you would please stand, parents, family (audience applauding) We also acknowledge with great gratitude Boston College faculty and staff for their roles in helping those graduating today develop their intellectual gifts and personal talents, growing self-knowledge and commit themselves to living lives of purpose and meaning Finally, we are thankful for the Boston College alumni and friends, whose generous gifts of time, advice and financial resources made it possible for many to graduate today Gratitude is a key part of the ceremony and so our memories Members of the Class of 2019, and all receiving degrees today, take with them memories that will be part of their lives forever, memories of friendships begun and nourished over the years that taught powerful lessons about self, the goodness of others, and the presence of God, experiences on a service trip or study abroad, that expanded understanding and appreciation of different cultures and perspectives, moments when a faculty member, administrator or staff member had a transformative impact on intellectual development or personal growth Besides gratitude and memories, this commencement invites consideration of the future both as individuals and as members of various communities We live in a world that desperately needs people of intelligence, faith and commitment to work for the good of society Too many around the world live amid violence, war, poverty and illiteracy Religious faith is threatened by intolerance and apathy in too many places Racial, social and economic inequality continue to cry out for justice and threaten peace and stability Governments at the state and national level struggle to overcome partisanship and address urgent matters concerning immigration, the environment, education and housing We clearly face daunting problems, but that has been true in every age You Boston College graduates of 2019 have great talent and promise I am confident that you have the ability, preparation and commitment to engage and help resolve pressing issues of our time, because of who you are

and what you have experienced in our community You have benefited from a Boston College education emphasizing the liberal arts and provided in an atmosphere of care and faith, shaped by the Jesuit Catholic intellectual and religious heritage I urge you: give to others from the abundance that you have received, and to put into practice the principles, values and beliefs that have long shaped Boston College and challenged its alumni May such phrases, as men and women for others, go set the world on fire and ever to excel, animate and inspire you as you live and work and serve as leaders in the 21st century May you always strive to be beacons of light and hope for those around you And may God continue to bless you and all your families Thank you (audience applauding) – I will now read the Latin version of the degree (speaking in foreign language) The candidates for the honorary degrees will now be presented to the President of the University Dan Bunch (audience applauding) For more than 35 years, Dan Bunch made certain that Boston College students who faced obstacles on the path to graduation had the support they needed to succeed A native of Hayneville, Alabama, he first came to Boston College as a student in the Black Talent Program, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Heights In 1982, he began working at Learning to Learn, which teaches Boston College students the learning skills and problem-solving techniques necessary to thrive in the classroom and in life During his 30 years as program director, Learning to Learn earned honors from the United States Department of Education and was replicated at more than 100 colleges across the country Later, as special assistant to the vice president for student affairs, he worked effectively to foster a deeper sense of community on campus among students, faculty, and staff A true University citizen, he served on the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Scholarship Committee, the Black Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association,

and the AHANA Alumni Council He received the 2015 Boston College Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts with the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, and the Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, a nonprofit mentoring organization he co-founded The AHANA Alumni Group presented him with the inaugural Keith A Francis Inspiration Award in 2016 In recognition of his role as a mentor, advocate, and friend to generations of Boston College students, Boston College confers on Dan Bunch the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa (audience applauding) Robert Donald Farrell, of the Society of Jesus Influenced in college by a talk given by a Jesuit priest, Reverend Robert D. Farrell, of the Society of Jesus, entered the New England Province of the Society of Jesus in 1951 After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College, he was assigned to teach at Baghdad College in Iraq in 1958 While there, he grew in his appreciation of the intersection between Christianity and Islam, the faiths represented by the school’s student body After returning to America, he taught English to young Jesuits at Shadowbrook and high school students at Cranwell School in Lenox, Massachusetts, and directed the English Department at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, for 15 years He joined the faculty of his alma mater in 1990 to teach writing in the College of Advancing Studies, now known as the Woods College Ever attentive to his students, he preferred to correct papers in plain pencil, which he viewed as a gentler form of criticism than red ink After a distinguished 28-year career at Boston College, he retired from teaching in 2018 His caring, inspired teaching led students, alumni, and friends to establish the Reverend Robert D. Farrell of the Society of Jesus Scholarship Fund in 2003 to support local, part-time students enrolled in the Woods College For a lifetime of service and ministry that introduced thousands of students to literature and the art of quality writing, Boston College awards Reverend Robert D. Farrell, of the Society of Jesus, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (audience applauding) Marilynne Summers Robinson For her grace and intelligence in writing, American novelist and essayist Marilynne Summers Robinson was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012 It is one of the many honors bestowed upon this celebrated author, whose novels include “Housekeeping,” a 1982 Pulitzer Prize finalist; “Lila,” a finalist for the National Book Award; and “Home,” also a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction Her novel “Gilead,” part of an acclaimed trilogy set in a fictional Iowa town, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award Her prose also garnered her the Library of Congress Prize

for American Fiction in 2016 The same year, Time magazine named her to its list of 100 most influential people, and in 2018 described her as one of the foremost figures in American letters Her essay collections demonstrate wide intellectual range, addressing such subjects as the relationship between religion and science, nuclear pollution, 16th-century theologian John Calvin, and contemporary American politics In addition to captivating audiences and critics, she shared her talents with aspiring writers Now professor emerita at the University of Iowa, she taught in its writer’s workshop for two-and-a-half decades For her creativity, inspiration, and commitment to literature and the humanities, Boston College confers upon Marilynne Summers Robinson the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (audience applauding) Thomas D. O’Malley Thomas D. O’Malley grew up in a working-class neighborhood in New York’s Staten Island, and rose to become a successful Wall Street executive and one of the nation’s most accomplished entrepreneurs He paid his Manhattan College tuition by driving a taxi and a school bus, and working in the school’s cafeteria In gratitude for his education, he served his alma mater as a trustee for 15 years, and as board chair for seven, and he and his wife Mary Alice are recognized as the most generous donors in the Catholic college’s history He began his professional career in commodity trading in New York City in 1964, and went on to become vice chair of the investment banking firm Salomon Brothers He then spent 32 years as a senior executive in the independent energy sector, before retiring in 2016 The parent of three Boston College graduates, he was a Boston College trustee and trustee associate for 14 years In 2015, the family’s foundation established the O’Malley Family Athletics Endowed Scholarship Fund to support Boston College student-athletes The O’Malleys’ philanthropy extended to their local community in Connecticut as well, including support for Greenwich Hospital, and scholarships at Trinity College Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford for the children of police officers, firefighters and nurses For his business leadership and commitment to Catholic education and community organizations, Boston College awards Thomas D. O’Malley the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa (audience applauding) Isabel Maria de Oliveira Capeloa Gil Isabel Capeloa Gil made history last year as the first woman to be elected president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, the world’s leading organization of Catholic higher education institutions (audience cheering) Upon her election, she pledged, “To make the power of the few the strength of the many.” As the International Federation of Catholic Universities president, she champions efforts to promote research and academic exchanges among the member schools, enhancing the image and impact of Catholic higher education around the world Her career has been marked by the conviction

that global engagement in higher education is critical to create a more just society She has held numerous visiting professorships and fellowships, including in China, where she spent her childhood, as well as Germany, Brazil, Italy, and the United States Rector and professor of cultural studies in the School of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal, she studies issues concerning diversity and conflict, and her research, published in the five languages she speaks fluently, explores the boundaries between literature, the arts, and other disciplines Last fall, she joined an international group of Catholic education leaders invited by the Vatican to launch the Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities, of which Boston College is a member For her service to research, teaching, and the Catholic intellectual culture, Boston College awards Isabel Capeloa Gil the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (audience applauding) Isabel Maria de Oliveira Capeloa Gil, rector of the Catholic University of Portugal, will now address the graduates of the Class of 2019 (audience applauding) – Your Eminence Cardinal O’Malley, Father Leahy, Chair Peter Markell, Board of Trustees, fellow honorees, deans, members of the Faculty, proud families, dear Alumni, friends of Boston College, and the most important people in this Alumni Stadium, dear Boston College graduates, Class of 2019, congratulations! (audience applauding) As I look across this magnificent stadium and hear the energy of your youth, I feel the pride of your families, the sense of accomplishment of your Alma Mater, and I rejoice with you over your tremendous achievements Well done I’m deeply honored to have the privilege to be the speaker of these 2019 Commencement exercises It is no small honor to receive an honorary doctorate from Boston College, a leading research institution, a transformational voice in global higher education, one that excels by the example of its Eagles I would like to thank Father Leahy and the Board of Trustees for conferring upon me a distinction that is as undeserving as it was unexpected, and say I pledge to honor the association with an inspirational institution leading in service to the Church and to society at large and truly embodying the spirit of an education with a heart and a soul To speak to you, the embodied future, about what lies ahead is preposterous, in the sense that it is both outrageous, foresight is very likely to fail, and quite literally outmoded, because the speaker will seek to unravel the future with the inevitably outdated tools of the present I could say the future has never been brighter, or I could say the future has never been more alarming, and array sound arguments for either What I would not say, unfortunately, is that I cannot offer to pay your student loans (audience laughing) But we strongly encourage those who can to do so (audience laughing) (audience applauding) Your times are no more glorious or hazardous than those of your predecessors What has changed is not the nature but certainly the intensity,

the scale of the challenges ahead, colossal in size and inevitably global in scope, amongst them, naturally, the impact of climate change or the future of work, and the urgency to find robust solutions This is a time to work together, not to build walls but for shared engagement in respect for our common humanity (audience applauding) But perhaps more importantly, the story we tell about who we are, as human, social and political beings is also changing And not always for the better Stories make us human They convey our dreams and aspirations, they communicate our view of the world and articulate ways of living together And, for this, we need to find the right language, responsible, civil and truthful In short, we are the stories we tell These stories are as poignant as the harrowing situations they address, as brilliantly playful as the happiness of simple life, as complex as human nature, as tremendously diverse as the people who voice them They represent the shared values communities live by They reflect the entanglements of human life, the aspirations and the shortcomings, the burdens of past history, the pride of scientific achievement, the disorderly brilliance of artistic creation The stories we go by elevate us out of the abyss and substantiate the stories we tell about ourselves, our values, politics, culture and religion, defining how we position ourselves in the world For truly, humans are not the simple result of haphazard DNA coding The dangerous mantra of perfection, perfect bodies, perfect lives, perfect technological advancement, spotless societies, results, and we know it sadly well, in authoritarianism, repression, abuse What makes us human are extraordinary imperfections, and the will to improve upon them, in the management of our lives, in our understanding of others, in the respect for the environment, and in our contribution to society The stories we go by enable a sense of purpose and instill meaning in our quirky singularities, helping us understand how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold They are certainly not immune to criticism and doubt, radical even at times For the stories are never fully told, they live on in our practice and it is up to us to improve, transform and revise them In fact, to live full lives, we will never be done with questioning, with undoing and redoing Transformation is not a target but a process, and one that you’ll never be done with You have been partners in BC’s exceptional model of instruction and a lot is expected of you now Remember that “Every one to whom much is given, “of her much will be required.” Be generous in your giving, and be wise in the choices you make, they are the turning points of life’s exciting page-turner Chance and choice modeled by the shared structures of feelings and translated into the stories you live by will give shape to your story and sustain or revise your beliefs No one stands alone in the world of super connections, and your story shall be affected, impacted, by those of the people around you Others will confront you with the most challenging dimension of human growth: the experience of difference And this comes in all shapes and forms, in the uttering of different views and in anthropological diversity Engaging with those who challenge your right to hold the opinions you hold, your faith and beliefs, your values, is perhaps the most difficult path to follow As a Portuguese woman, living in a country overlooking the wide Atlantic, building bridges has been almost instinctive History and geography have made me An immense curiosity for what lays beyond has shaped my journey and my story I grew up in Macao, a place in South East China, in a house overlooking the Pearl River, back then the natural border between this territory overseen by Portugal and China, and across from the oldest Buddhist temple in the city, dating back to the 15th century, and dedicated

to the goddess Mazu, locally named A-Ma Further up the hill, a neat six-minute walk from the temple, was St. Lawrence’s, our parish church After school, my friends and I used to climb up the mossy rocks of the temple and observe with curiosity the worshipers and, for our Western gaze, their quaint practices The monks were accustomed to our intrusions and let us be, as they went about their daily routines, gesturing for us to stand where we would not disturb the rituals, but could respectfully observe the ceremonies Or even at times inviting us to share a meal, which we initially rejected with outright suspicion and then accepted We cultivated this relationship eagerly, and in hindsight it probably influenced many of the choices I was to make in life Growing up in a multicultural and multilingual setting, I developed an understanding of the world not as a club for those who think alike and enjoy the same tastes but as a public agora, or assembly, that space where the Greeks interacted with their neighbors, a space where everyone regardless of culture, social status and religion could have a voice In the 1970’s, Macao was certainly one of the most cosmopolitan spaces in the world, where Portuguese culture and Catholicism, and a very strong Jesuit legacy, co-existed respectfully with Chinese traditions and Buddhist spirituality But this was also a time of upheaval in South East Asia, of the Vietnam War, the surge in migration and the arrival of the so-called Boat People, the invasion of East Timor China was also changing rapidly Cultural contact, or as Pope Francis puts it, the culture of encounter is the true cultural position And when two different cultures come together, suspicion, violence and antagonism are much easier than dialogue It takes courage to address that which is alien, unalike, to engage with those who deny one’s existence That is in fact the difficulty of the cultural encounter, and of Christianity, as such But if we are to honor the values we go by, there is no other choice Christianity demands that we take that step, calling for a willingness to listen to the other, in the name and the spirit of our common humanity, because the world does not stop at the nation’s borders In our global world, responsible leadership comes with an ability to listen, not simply babble, shout, bully and tweet away My story– (audience applauding) My story was inevitably shaped by an insatiable curiosity for cultural diversity, understanding that my culture and my position were but a small event in the luxurious performance of world cultures The study of literature came naturally, then The stories and the dramas are a gateway to the human soul, to politics and economics, to destruction, perversity, transcendence and creativity The wide word of literature comprehends the whole world In times of duress, the memory of poems once loved, as the exiled Hannah Arendt recalled, upheld the possibility of survival and the dream of return I learnt that the journey and the books create us, that fiction substantiates a sense of aspirational possibility which became personal resilience It intensified ethical awareness and a keen conviction that change can happen, but not without one’s willingness to serve and act Inspired by BC’s living values and global educational model, a new journey begins now, a new twist in a flourishing story You have been given the tools to become great characters in a transformational plot, the kind of which will lead our runaway world into new directions, inspired by solidarity and not isolationism, respectful of our stunningly fragile globe and keenly aware that this is perhaps the last chance to get the story right It will not be easy, things are complicated, but this is precisely their beauty To be ethical leaders in this stunningly diverse world takes courage First, the courage to listen; secondly, the unwavering defense of the right of others to be heard, even if in disagreement

with your innermost beliefs, and to always speak up against abuse Because– (audience applauding) Because we seem to have forgotten the most beautiful story of all, that acknowledges flaws and failure, but speaks of improvement and potentiality, of the pursuit of a more perfect society, infused by freedom of speech, assembly, religion, respect for democratic rule, respect for human dignity, respect for the planet, ultimately, and we should never be done with repeating it: acknowledging the universality of basic human rights, the right to life, liberty and, as the American constitution so beautifully puts it, to the pursuit of happiness (audience applauding) We are the stories we tell Be advised that, in the great story, the share of duties and responsibilities is to be equally weighed, irrespective of gender and ethnicity Many years ago, as a sophomore, reading English Literature in Lisbon, I was particularly enthused by an anecdote told by Virginia Woolf in the seminal “A Room of One’s Own.” There she tells how, upon having been invited to speak at a prestigious British university, she was intercepted by the Beadle, the official usher of the college, while walking across the turf He told her with stern voice to step off the lawn, where only the male fellows could walk, and take the gravel path instead The confrontation drew a clear line between the spaces of the Beadle and the woman, between herself and the all male scholars and fellows The turf, which, as she ironically wrote, “Had been rolled for 300 years in succession,” could not be touched by the gentle woman’s foot Well, it became immediately clear that it was going to be my life’s work to walk across that turf And as well to strive so that other women could have that same choice (audience applauding) Despite the many advances over the last decades, women make up only 5% of world leaders Barely 33 of the Fortune 500 companies have women CEOs, and only 12% of universities in Europe and North America are led by female presidents Well, it is high time for a radical plot twist that stems from a correct reading of the needs of society and the potentialities at hand It is basically a display of fairness and good sense (audience applauding) Women are great change makers, and in these interesting times there is an unquestionable need for humane, competent and caring leaders Women take care, but they are also ready to take charge and take on the duties and the responsibilities that are now entrusted to the other 50% of the world population Women are brave, and selfless, like Sister Maura Lynch, a doctor and a member of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, with an extraordinary life dedicated to women’s health in Angola and Nigeria More than playing with words, women act In the Gospel, the women that follow Jesus never doubt His word They express themselves through gestures, such as the woman that wet Jesus’ feet with her tears and wept them with her hair They act with the strength of their conviction and display an incredible ability to serve Women are daring, like Saudi activists Loujain Al-Hathloul and Iman Al-Nafjan, jailed without due process for the cheeky demand for driving rights They are resilient, like Malala Yousafzai They are champions of the underdog, like Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, aka Mother Teresa Women are thought leaders, innovators, extraordinary trailblazers, and superlative professionals in business, academia, politics Profess these stories as your own and do not let good talent go to waste Women of Boston College, I invite you to walk across that lawn (audience applauding) Remember, we are the stories we tell

Class of 2019, after the preamble of the educational years, the action chapters now begin Take charge of your narrative and build coalitions, as Pope Francis invites us to do, armed with the spirit of a culture of encounter to build a more respectful and inclusive society We live in a world that is as diverse as it is beautiful and fragile Take risks and dare to become role models for those who come after Listen to the sounds and the voices around you Often, the challenge of borders is a challenge of ignorance If you want change, speak up If injustice looms, defend your rights Act wisely in the face of fear and never surrender your compassion for those who cannot aspire to a life well lived under the rule of law and in respect for human dignity And, finally, I bid you, in the immortal words of one famous member of the BC community, “Live long, and prosper.” Congratulations! (audience applauding) – The university chorale will perform Tollite Hostias, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns Tollite Hostias is the final movement of the Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns Today it is sung by the underclassmen of the chorale, as an offering of love and support for all the members of the Class of 2019 (singing in foreign language) (audience applauding) – There now follows the conferral of degrees in course in the order of the founding of the schools The dean of each school will present the degree representative to the president for the conferral of the degree – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in the Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Jorge Mejia will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience murmuring) (audience cheering) – Woo! (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Master of Arts and Master of Science in the Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Graduate School to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science William S. Higgins will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Graduate School to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Mary T. M. Scharle will accept the degree on behalf of the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Master of Laws in the Law School to please rise? Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Master of Laws Chalcot Casal will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Laws in the Law School to please rise? (audience applauding) (audience murmuring) (chuckling) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Laws

Marcus Nemeth will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Gabriella Rose Hoxie will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degrees of Masters of Science and of Masters of Healthcare Administration in the James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, I’m honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify they are eligible for the degrees of Master of Science and Master of Healthcare Administration Sister Maryud Milena Cortés Restrepo will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) You may be seated – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Master of Social Work in the School of Social Work to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, I’m honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Master of Social Work Alexandra J. de la Cerda will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated – Wow! – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Social Work to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, I’m honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Manuel Cano Moreno will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in the Carroll School of Management to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored

to present those candidates who have completed all the requirements, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Science Isaiah Cyprien will accept the degree for his class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degrees of Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Science in Accounting in the Carroll School of Management to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all the requirements, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degrees of Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Molly Whalen Robinson will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management Studies in the Carroll School of Management to please rise? Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all the requirements, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management Studies C. U. Chen will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in the William F. Connell School of Nursing to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present these candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Science Kate Miños will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) – [Female Student] We love you! (audience cheering) (audience applauding) – Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Master of Science and Specialty Certificates in the William F. Connell School of Nursing to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present these candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Master of Science and for additional specialties certificates Colleen Schlagen will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding)

Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Philosophy in the William F. Connell School of Nursing to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Meredith Keels will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the Caroline and Peter Lynch School of Education and Human Development to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Arts Elizabeth Campbell will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience cheering) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degrees of Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Master of Science in the Caroline and Peter Lynch School of Education and Human Development to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degrees of Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Master of Science Adam Ady will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Caroline and Peter Lynch School of Education and Human Development to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present the candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Carrie Carter will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) – May I ask the candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology in the School of Theology and Ministry to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I’m honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements for graduation, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology Anthony Russo will accept the degree for the class

(audience applauding) (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology in the School of Theology and Ministry to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I’m honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology Sam B. Rao, of the Society of Jesus, will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) – Thank you, president (audience applauding) Please be seated May I ask the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology in the School of Theology and Ministry to please rise? (audience applauding) Father President, on behalf of the faculty I am honored to present those candidates who have completed all requirements of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College, and I hereby certify that they are eligible for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology Bernard Disco of the Order of Saint Benedict will accept the degree for the class (audience applauding) (audience applauding) – By virtue of the power invested in me by the trustees of Boston College and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I welcome to the Company of Scholars the candidates who have been presented to me by their deans and declare them respectively Bachelors, Masters and Doctors in their appropriate discipline Also– (audience applauding) Also, by virtue of the power invested in me by the Chancellor of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College, I welcome to the Company of Scholars the candidates who have been presented to me by the Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and declare them awarded the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology Congratulations to all of you (audience applauding) – May I ask May I ask Maria Meyer to join– (audience cheering) (chuckling) (audience cheering) All right, now, we wanna tell people why she’s up here To join us for the presentation of the Edward H. Finnegan of the Society of Jesus award The Edward H. Finnegan of the Society of Jesus award is presented each year to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the University’s motto “Ever to excel.” This year’s recipient, a summa cum laude graduate from the Connell School of Nursing– (audience cheering) Has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, leadership and service

She served as president of the Connell School Senate and the Boston College Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities She also held leadership positions with the Massachusetts Student Nurses Association and the Boston College Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing In her work and volunteerism, her care and concern for others shine through She has responded to crisis calls on the Samaritans helpline, mentored young girls in the Boston area through the Strong Women, Strong Girls program, prepared high schools (chuckles) Prepared high school students for the SAT, cared for children with diabetes in a summer camp, and helped her Boston College classmates both as a health coach in the Office of Health Promotion and a tutor in the Connors Family Learning Center Her goal is to become a women’s health nurse practitioner (audience cheering) – [Female Student] Love you! – For her accomplishments, service and record of academic excellence, Boston College confers the 2019 Edward H. Finnegan of the Society of Jesus award upon Maria Meyer of the Connell School of Nursing (audience applauding) May I ask Patrick H. Byrne to join us for the presentation of the Saint Robert Bellarmine of the Society of Jesus Award (audience applauding) For nearly a half-century, professor of philosophy Patrick H Byrne has inspired students and faculty colleagues alike with his passionate commitment to scholarship, teaching and the Jesuit, Catholic dimensions of the University’s mission Named for Saint Robert Bellarmine of the Society of Jesus, a cardinal and influential Jesuit professor, the Bellarmine Award honors a distinguished faculty member whose contributions have consistently and purposefully advanced the University’s mission This accomplished Aristotelian and Lonergan scholar has served Boston College in myriad ways, notably as the founder and guiding force behind the signature academic iniciative the PULSE program for service learning, which for nearly five decades– (audience applauding) Has educated students to be proponents of social justice In addition to being the program’s inaugural director, Professor Byrne has served as one of its most popular teachers for more than 40 years I noted researcher with particular interest in the philosophy of science, he’s the author of several books, including his most recent work “The Ethics of Discernment: Lonergan’s Foundations for Ethics.” Professor Byrne’s leadership also extends to Boston colleges, Lonergan Institute, which he directs, and to the Jesuit Institute where he served as associate director His roles on the Heights also include service on the University Core Development Committee and University Core Renewal Committee; as co-chair of the Task Force on Undergraduate Student Formation; after nearly three decades as representative to the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, his award coincides with the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Boston College in 1969 (audience applauding) In recognition of his exemplary service, Boston College President, William P. Leahy,

of the Society of Jesus, presents Professor Patrick H. Byrne with the 2019 Bellarmine Award (audience applauding) (audience applauding) – Kevin McLaughlin, Class of 1978, president of the Alumni Association, will now address the graduates of the Class of 2019 – On behalf of the more than 182,000 Boston College alumni throughout the world, and as president of the Alumni Association, it’s my special pleasure to Welcome all of you, the Class of 2019, to the Boston College Alumni Association family We trust that your Jesuit education at Boston College has prepared you intellectually and spiritually to seek ever to excel and to truly be men and women for others and to be an influence for good in all your future endeavors The Boston College Alumni Association is ready to assist you in every way possible and encourages your active involvement and participation in the programs and activities of the Alumni Association from this day forward so that together we can carry on the rich traditions that characterize our great university Best wishes and congratulations to one and all (audience applauding) – Ladies and gentlemen, may I ask you to please rise for the benediction that will be offered by his Eminence Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, and please remain standing for the singing of the alma mater along with the university chorale – Last year, during an address to students from Latin American Catholic colleges and universities, Pope Francis call the young women and men to embrace the mission of promoting dialogue rather than confrontation; opportunities for encounter rather than division; and to allow for respectful differences of opinion in order to provide opportunities to build and strengthen community life The Holy Father noted that by using our God-given gifts, our intellect, our emotions and affections, and our capacity for productive activity, we can build a society in the world where recognizing and responding to the needs of all people is held to be a greater good than the often relentless pursuit of individual interest We are all counting on you to use the wisdom and knowledge you have acquired during your years here at Boston College for the greater good, to be a sign of the Light of Christ in the world today Let us pray Lord God, send Your spirit upon the graduates and our colleagues receiving honorary degrees today May they share their gifts and talents generously and wisely with gentleness and humility, that all people may be inspired to follow Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life Guided by the Holy Spirit, may they seek ever to excel in their life’s work In a special way, we also commend to Your loving care our graduates, families, friends and teachers, with gratitude for their dedication and commitment The Lord be with you Blessed be the name of the Lord now and forever Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth May Almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – [All The Rest] Amen (solemn instrumental music) ♪ Hail Alma Mater ♪

♪ Thy praise we sing ♪ ♪ Fondly thy mem’ries ♪ ♪ Round our heart still cling ♪ ♪ Guide of our youth, thro’ ♪ ♪ Thee we shall prevail ♪ ♪ Hail Alma Mater ♪ ♪ Hail, all hail ♪ ♪ Hail Alma Mater ♪ ♪ Lo, on the height ♪ ♪ Proudly thy tow’rs are ♪ ♪ Raised for the Right ♪ ♪ God is thy Master ♪ ♪ His law thy sole avail ♪ ♪ Hail Alma Mater ♪ ♪ Hail, all hail ♪ (audience applauding) – This concludes the university commencement (audience cheering) The School and College diploma ceremonies will begin in approximately 30 minutes The locations of the various diplomas ceremonies are listed on the last pages of the commencement program And, finally, may I ask that you please remain standing until the dignitaries at the platform and members of the faculty have left the stadium Graduates, please remain in your places until the music has concluded Thank you (lively instrumental music) ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ We sing our proud refrain ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ ‘Tis Wisdom’s earthly fane ♪ ♪ For here all are one and their hearts are true ♪ ♪ And the towers on the Heights reach to Heav’ns own blue ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Till the echoes ring again ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Thy glory is our own ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ ‘Tis here that Truth is known ♪ ♪ And ever with the Right shall thy heirs be found ♪ ♪ Till time shall be no more and thy work is crown’d ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ For Thee and Thine alone ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ We sing our proud refrain ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ ‘Tis Wisdom’s earthly fane ♪ ♪ For here all are one and their hearts are true ♪ ♪ And the towers on the Heights reach to Heav’ns own blue ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Till the echoes ring again ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Thy glory is our own ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ ‘Tis here that Truth is known ♪ ♪ And ever with the Right shall thy heirs be found ♪ ♪ Till time shall be no more and thy work is crown’d ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ For Thee and Thine alone ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ We sing our proud refrain ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ ‘Tis Wisdom’s earthly fane ♪ ♪ For here all are one and their hearts are true ♪ ♪ And the towers on the Heights reach to Heav’ns own blue ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Till the echoes ring again ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ Thy glory is our own ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪

♪ ‘Tis here that Truth is known ♪ ♪ And ever with the Right shall thy heirs be found ♪ ♪ Till time shall be no more and thy work is crown’d ♪ ♪ For Boston, for Boston ♪ ♪ For Thee and Thine alone ♪ (audience cheering) (gentle instrumental music)