2019 Graduation Information for Master's and PhD Students

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Commencement Ceremony Participation

PhD Graduates
August 2019, December 2019, and those who submit their dissertations by April 17, 2020 will be invited to participate in the April 29, 2020 PhD Hooding and Commencement Ceremony. Graduates must have their dissertations submitted by April 17, 2020 in order to be hooded and receive their diplomas at the 2020 ceremony. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony and all are welcome.

Graduation Date
PhD Hooding and Ceremony Date
August 2018
December 2018
May 2019
2019 - May 1
August 2019
December 2019
May 2020
2020 - April 29
Masters Graduates – CSSH
December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020 graduates should plan to participate in the April 27, 2020 College of Social Sciences and Humanities Masters Commencement Ceremony held in Cabot Center. Graduating Masters students are eligible to receive up to 5 guest tickets. A reception in the Cabot Center will immediately follow the ceremony and all are welcome.
Graduation Date
CSSH Masters Ceremony Date
December 2018
May 2019
August 2019
2019 - April 29 (new date)
December 2019
May 2020
August 2020
2020 - May 1 (tenative)

Certificate Graduates are not eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Important dates, deadlines, and protocol

Spring 2019 CSSH Master's Commencement Ceremony

2019 Master's Commencement Ceremony Speaker

Judge Roderick L. Ireland

Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1997 to 2014)

Roderick L. Ireland is the Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University and former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Judge Ireland received his BA from Lincoln University, JD from Columbia Law School, LLM from Harvard Law School, and PhD in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University. When he was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in 1997, he became the first African-American to sit on that bench in its over three hundred year history. In 2010, he became the Court’s first African-American chief justice. Judge Ireland has been teaching for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice since 1978.

2019 Master's Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker

Sara Dean

Sara Dean is a 2019 graduate of the M.A. program in Public History. Her work deals primarily with interpretations of African American and Native American history at museums and historic sites. Sara completed her fieldwork at Historic New England’s Otis House Museum, where she worked as a community engagement intern and specialized in research and exhibitions. At Old South Meeting House, Sara worked as a researcher and investigated the site’s ties to Boston’s eighteenth-century African American community. Sara has contributed research to the Bostonian Society and the National Park Service. In 2019, Sara served on the committee for the 11th Annual Northeastern University Graduate History Conference. Sara received her B.A. in History and Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Ann and Kenneth Tucker Scholarship and the Thomas P. Anderson Memorial Prize in History.

2019 Master's Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker

Kandyl Kotta

Kandyl Kotta is a 2019 graduate of the Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies program. During her time in the Security and Resilience program, Kandyl conducted research on the state of cyber security in developing countrie and the implications of western migration policy on transnational crime. Kandyl is a double-husky and completed her undergraduate degree at Northeastern in Business Administration with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. During her time as an undergraduate student at Northeastern, Kandyl completed two co-ops at Northeastern and PowerAdvocate Incorporated. On campus, Kandyl worked as a Lead Crew Member in the Center for Student Involvement helping student organizations coordinate events. Kandyl hopes to work to improve international migration policy.

CSSH Master's Commencement Ceremony Instructions

The CSSH Master’s Commencement will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Cabot Center, 400 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. The event will be live streamed starting at 10:00 am (EST) on Monday April 29, 2019.


Registration is required to attend this event. You (and your guests) will be admitted by ticket only. Please note that the venue has security protocols (please see the Venue Security Policies here).

Report time: Promptly at 9:00 a.m. to the Solomon Court in the Cabot Center (using the main doors) with your ticket and to retrieve your name card that you will carry to the stage to announce your name.

Procession begins: Promptly at 10:00 a.m. Students are required to remain for the duration of the ceremony.


Friday, April 26, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Graduate students will have additional opportunities to pick up their cap and gown on the day of their ceremony. 


Guests will be admitted by ticket only; general seating applies. No re-entry if you leave the arena. Guests are not permitted in the Solomon Court area.

Doors open: 9:00 a.m. at the main Cabot Center located on Huntington Avenue.

The live stream of the event can be viewed via this link at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, April 29, 2019.


Parking will be open, per availability in the Columbus Parking Garage and by showing a valid parking pass. Parking may also be available in the Renaissance Garage, regular rates apply. These parking areas are a considerable walk from the Cabot Center. Please use the campus map to locate the parking facilities. If your guest has a mobility issue, it is advisable that you provide a wheelchair and/or drop off your guest with an escort prior to parking.