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Published on Jun 4, 2012
Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, a former United Nations (UN) under-secretary-general and president of the UN Security Council, told graduates to embrace the diversity that surrounds them at the University of Massachusetts Boston's 44th commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 1.
"The diversity and globalism of UMass Boston is phenomenal," Ambassador Chowdhury said. "You should be proud that your alma mater values and provides a learning environment that not just respects differences, but excites curiosity and embodies civility."
More than 3,800 graduates and their families filled the Campus Center Circle Lawn for commencement— making this the largest graduating class in school history. The students represented 101 countries, and many are first-generation college graduates.
Ambassador Chowdhury served as principal speaker and received a Chancellor's Medal for Global Leadership in Peace. He spoke to students about their responsibility to lead.
"Aspire for something bigger than yourselves," he said. "Apply your mind and talents to benefit people beyond yourselves."