Northeastern doctoral students graduate amid Covid-19 and ‘unprecedented’ political polarization.

Doctoral candidates completed their graduate studies during a period of unprecedented disruption and political polarization—a fact that was front and center during Thursday’s hooding ceremony.

The graduation ceremonies inside Matthews Arena began with doctoral candidates processing side-by-side into the arena wearing the customary academic garb. They were members of the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021.

David Madigan, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern, kicked off the morning celebration by congratulating the graduates, who he said now stand at the completion of a “profound intellectual journey, one that advisors and graduates have very much traveled together.”

“Relatively few individuals have the opportunity to discover something new, to create new knowledge, or to produce an original work or scholarship,” he said. “Our graduates have not only had the opportunity to do this, but they have succeeded in this effort and that’s why they are here.”

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