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Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Kicking off the region’s annual college commencement season at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on April 21, Massachusetts Port Authority executive Houssam Sleiman told some 383 graduates to stay resilient, serve others, and never give up on their dreams.

“As children of the technology age, like most millennials, you are cursed by a rampant, instant gratification syndrome,” said Sleiman, Massport’s director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs. “You will get frustrated when the promotion and raise don’t come as quickly as you expect. Do not give up easily. Be patient, goal-oriented, and resilient.”

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered the Summer Commencement keynote

address to a Wentworth-record 647 graduates at Seaport World Trade Center on August 19. He encouraged graduates to “dream big and don’t settle.”

“I encourage you to think about your education this way: not just in terms of the skills you take, but the impact you can make on the world,” he said.

Photos from the spring event can be found in this gallery.

Photos from the summer event can be found in this gallery.


–Greg Abazorius

Photos by Joshua Touster