Northeastern’s 2023 undergraduate commencement student speaker Clara Wu speaks during Northeastern’s commencement ceremony at Fenway Park

‘I have an education, and I will not waste it.’

‘I have an education, and I will not waste it.’ Undergraduate student speaker tells classmates to turn knowledge into action

Northeastern University undergraduate student speaker Clara Wu urged fellow graduates to be proud of what they have achieved, cherish their families, and go out and turn their knowledge into action.

Clara Wu, a behavioral neuroscience major, was chosen to address her classmates at the 2023 commencement exercises that took place at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday afternoon. Introducing Wu, Kenneth Henderson, chancellor and senior vice president for learning, said that she made the most out of her Northeastern experience, completing four co-ops, as well as volunteering in a neonatal intensive care unit cuddling babies.

“Clara has the magic combination of a mind for science and a heart for people,” said Henderson to the large audience of the 2023 graduates, their families and friends who filled the baseball stadium.

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