Faculty and Mayor Menino praise Foundation Year students for their commitment to success

Foundation Year students were individually recognized for their talents and commitment to success through faculty tributes. Photo by Rick Friedman.

Faculty in Northeastern’s Foundation Year program delivered tributes to their students at an end of the year event on June 19, which included a guest appearance from Mayor Thomas Menino. Mayor Menino showed his support of the students and Foundation Year stating, “I’m so proud of you and what you’re doing in this program.”

Students were individually recognized for their talents and commitment to success through faculty tributes, some of which brought students to tears. One student was acknowledged as “a committed student focused on becoming an architect who has stayed true to his dreams despite adversity.” Other students plan to pursue careers in education, nutrition, psychology, film, fashion, and engineering.

Mayor Menino emphasized the importance of education in achieving career aspirations: “You have to get through college, you have to graduate.” He went on to tell the students, “We believe in you, in each one of you.”

This support system was evidenced in the speeches given by faculty as well as John LaBrie, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, who told students: “I want to personally thank you all for the time and energy you put in. Foundation Year is a representation of your success.”

Foundation Year is an intensive twelve-month freshman program established to assist underserved City of Boston high school graduates who have aspirations of entering college, but do not have the academic preparation and financial resources to attend and succeed. Foundation Year was developed in close collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office as a means for Northeastern to address the growing and significant college persistence issue facing Boston public high school graduates.

Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Northeastern University is a global university with a tradition of partnership and engagement that creates an innovative, distinctive approach to education and research. Northeastern integrates classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities in 70 countries, and pursues use-inspired research with a focus on global challenges in health, security, and sustainability.