May 2013 Issue

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Message from the Director of Graduate Student Life



Hello everyone.  This is our last newsletter of the school year, and I would like to dedicate it to Brittany Loring (JD/MBA '13) and Liza Cherney (MBA '13) two members of our graduate student community who are courageously recovering from injuries sustained during the Boston Marathon bombings.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them, and I am pleased to report that they will both be graduating this May.  If you would like to support Brittany and Liza in their recovery, you can visit the links for more information.  We admire these incredible women for their bravery and strength, and we wish them both a speedy and full recovery.


The 137th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium.   And of course you cannot have a commencement ceremony without a great commencement speech.  Commencement speeches are one of the great collegiate traditions - and the last lesson students get before entering the real world.  Here is a list of the top 12 commencement speeches of all time, from JFK to Will Ferrell.


And finally, it wouldn't be the OGSL monthly newsletter without at least one humorous video clip.  For those of you who will be graduating in a few short weeks, please don't let this happen to you.


I wish you all the very best as you prepare for final exams, papers, and projects.  Work hard, stay focused, and finish strong.  Congratulations to all the graduates!  We are very proud of you!  In the words of Ignatius of Loyola, "Go set the world aflame!"  Have a safe and relaxing summer vacation and I look forward to working with those of you who will be returning in the fall.  


Thank you all for a great year! 


All the best,


R. Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.


Office of Graduate Student Life
ImportantDatesImportant Dates
May 20: Commencement
May 24: Law School Commencement

*Note: Law School dates differ; refer to the Law School Academic Services Calendar 

For all other graduate and professional programs: 
Click here for the complete BC Academic Calendars
UpcomingEventsEvents & Announcements
Check our facebook & twitter accounts, and the GSL Google Calendar for all of the upcoming Events, Announcements, and other important information!  

Study Spaces on Campus

4/21-5/11: O'Neill is open 24/7

4/21-5/11 Bapst Library Gargan Hall is open 24/7

Click here for other Library Hours 

5/6-5/10: Murray House is open 9am-5pm; click here to reserve a room


Been meaning to check out the Murray Graduate Student Center all year, but still don't really know what it is and what it offers? Look no further. We've created a tour video to help show you around!
Murray House Tour
Murray House Tour



Showing Grad Students Love: Grad Student Appreciation Week Makes the BC Chronicle Headlines!

"Boston College graduate students attended a TEDTalks-style symposium, took part in volunteer and community service activities, and enjoyed a few special treats during an 'Appreciation Week' April 2-7 that was organized by the Graduate Student Association, University Libraries, BC Recreation and the Office of Graduate Student Life..." Read more here.



BC Fossil Free

A coalition of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff formed this past winter and joins over 300 other university and college campuses (and now cities, religious organizations, and other institutions) to move our endowments out of fossil fuels. Nearly every country in the world has agreed that heating the planet beyond 2 degrees Celsius jeopardizes human civilization and should be avoided at all costs. The unfortunate truth is that fossil fuel companies already possess five times the amount of carbon in their proven reserves than it will take to push the planet beyond the 2 degree mark. So while climate activists ultimately aim for a fee on carbon (James Hansen's fee and dividend system is one example), organizing for that larger change is currently taking place on campuses where students have some power.  

Our goals are three fold:

1) Organize a coalition of individuals and groups for climate action, especially students who have been critical in past movements for social justice. We have the power, but only if we organize collectively.

2) Frame fossil fuel companies as a public pariah that is hellbent on destroying our future to make some money (OK, a lot of money). This past March was the 337th consecutive month of global average temperature above the 20th century average. If you were born after February 1985 then you've never experienced a month below the 20th century average. Exxon, BP, Peabody, et al. need to be seen together with tobacco sellers and arms dealers--they are killing people. 
3) Finally comes actual divestment. We need to speak to the fossil fuel companies in the only language they understand--money.  

The UGBC (elected undergraduate student government at Boston College) nearly unanimously passed R13.12.13, "A Resolution to Call on the President and Board of Trustees of Boston College to Divest the University's Endowment from Publicly-Traded Fossil Fuel Companies." BC Fossil Free has held demonstrations on campus, written op-eds, and is spreading a petition asking President Leahy and the Trustees of Boston College to divest from fossil fuels. Email:
Click here to sign the petition and become involved.


For BC Fossil Free 

Bobby Wengronowitz

GSAS '16

 JobsJobs & Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships and Employment Opportunities  

Click here to view on and off-campus opportunities 


We are Strong.  We are Boston College Strong.
We were saddened to learn that among the injured victims of the Marathon bombings were two of our own graduate students: Brittany Loring (JD/MBA) and Liza Cherney (MBA).   

But the community that came together immediately after Monday's events to show support for Brittany and Liza has been nothing short of inspirational: students lined up to sign banners offering support, the Graduate Management Association arranged gift baskets and accepted any form of cards that people wanted to send to Brittany and Liza, funds were established online to help with their recoveries, and business & law students jointly organized a softball tournament to collect recovery funds.  
We are overjoyed to report that Liza and Brittany are both working hard to heal steadily. Thank you all for coming together and showing true BC spirit in serving as a community of men and women for others.

If you would like to donate to the recovery of Brittany and Liza, you may visit their GiveForward pages here:  Brittany and Liza


The One Fund
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor
 Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Find out more here.

"Right now, we need to hold on to the beautiful moments of yesterday and parts of life, so that we can not lose sight of better days to come...Do not take life for granted. The least we can do, for an innocent death or harm, is honor it by being better people and doing better things."
~Josh Crary   LSOE '13 Grad Student 
Boston Marathon Runner and blogger:

"What we'll cling tightest to is what the city was built on: resilience, respect and an adoration for civility and intellect." ~Dennis Lehane
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