From TD Garden to Fenway Park, graduate student speaker Megan Carter is a hockey and academic star

When Megan Carter takes the Fenway Park stage Sunday as the student speaker at Northeastern University’s graduate commencement ceremony, she’ll be drawing from five years rich with experience.

Carter leaves Northeastern as a hockey star who reached three NCAA Frozen Fours while earning dual degrees and completing two co-ops at Boston hospitals. She expects to play in the Professional Women’s Hockey League as a high draft pick next season, to be followed by a medical career.

“There’s a couple of messages that I want to get through,” Carter says of her commencement address. “One is about being where you’re meant to be — and even in a situation where it may not be totally clear, just being resilient and doing things that you enjoy doing. Having a mentality where you get to do this, you don’t have to do this.

“And also,” she says of her second theme, “just being so grateful for the people around us that have helped us overcome adversity, which facilitates a learning journey.”

As she ends this segment of her journey, Carter believes the moment at America’s oldest ballpark won’t be overwhelming.

“To speak in front of that crowd is going to be more exciting than nerve-wracking,” Carter says. “I think playing in front of 11,000 fans at TD Garden maybe was a good stepping stone for that.”

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