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Heller graduates pose in front of Spingold Theater

Commencement 2019: “At Heller I Found the Community I Needed”

Heller News Release
May 19, 2019

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University celebrated its 2019 Commencement festivities on a beautiful spring weekend in May. As always, the celebration began on Saturday afternoon with a reception for all graduating students, their families and faculty members in Zinner Forum at the Heller School. Then, bright and early on Sunday morning, 197 graduates and a host of families, friends and loved ones filled the Spingold Theater Arts Center for Heller’s commencement ceremony. The graduates—185 master’s and 12 doctoral degree recipients—represent over 30 countries and speak over 40 languages.

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Andrew Kolodny, MD

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