“We are passing along to you a world in a state of top-to-bottom transition. The world needs you; your country needs you,” PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff Judy Woodruff (third from right) said to graduating students at the morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Tsongas Center.
A record 3,720 students graduated from UMass Lowell between both ceremonies. See the slideshow below for more photos. (All photos by George DeLuca/Connector)
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Lowell resident and biology major Shivam Dipakbhai Patel of the UMass Lowell Kennedy College of Sciences is a recipient of the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement at the Commencement Eve Celebration on Friday, May 13, 2016.
UMass President Marty Meehan (far left) shares a light moment with UMass Lowell professor and best-selling author Andre Dubus III (middle left), Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper (middle right), and his wife, author and actress Marianne Leone (far right).
Chancellor Jacquie Moloney addresses thousands of graduates and spectators at UMass Lowell's morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at the Tsongas Center.
Many students opted to design their caps for this year's commencement ceremony.
Candidates for master's degrees in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences wait for their chance to cross the stage.
Marty Meehan makes his first UMass Lowell commencement address as president of the UMass system. He served as chancellor of UMass Lowell from 2007 to 2015.
One of UMass Lowell's newest alumni holds their diploma case in celebration.
Marcelle Durrenburger and her mother, Jocelyne (not pictured), became the first mother and daughter selected as student speakers at Commencement. Jocelyne received a doctor of nursing practice degree while her daughter, who is one in a set of triplets, received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Senior class president Christopher Nunez receives his degree.
Keynote speaker and Boston Pops conductor urged graduates to "live creatively" and continue learning throughout their lives during the afternoon commencement ceremony.
Athletic mascot Rowdy the River Hawk poses with two new graduates.
A recent graduate celebrates the completion of their degree with their family outside of the Tsongas Center.