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What’s Up, Docs?

I’m a little late to post here, but once Tufts Commencement wrapped up, I was pretty much on a plane headed to San Francisco for a much-needed vacation (some of those pics to come). That just means that this next set of photos have just been sitting by the wayside while I’ve been getting a little R&R.

In addition to general Commencement coverage of the main event — you know, honorary degrees, big name speakers, lots of pomp, not so much circumstance — I was tasked with covering the commencement ceremony for the Tufts University School of Medicine. For our general commencement coverage, our team was divided up into separate sectors of the quad. Here’s a look at what our team accomplished in the morning: http://now.tufts.edu/packages/commencement-2011

As a one man crew at the Medical commencement, I was allowed a lot more liberty to just wander around and make what I thought were interesting pictures, without having to worry about snapping frames of people with famous names. Here’s a sampling of what I saw:

05/22/2011 - Medford, Mass. - From left, Katherine Dunn, Margarita Ebril, David Johnson Einstein, Norah Emara and Daniel Fay, all M11, wait to receive their degrees during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011 - Medford, Mass. - From left, Katherine Dunn, Margarita Ebril, David Johnson Einstein, Norah Emara and Daniel Fay, all M11, wait to receive their degrees during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Matthew Dong, M11, receives his hood during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Matthew Dong, M11, receives his hood during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A newly graduated physician receives his hood as family members wave to other graduates during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A newly graduated physician receives his hood as family members wave to other graduates during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A relative of a graduate sings and dances in his seat during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A relative of a graduate sings and dances in his seat during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Tufts Medical graduates complete their degrees by reciting the Hippocratic Oath as Sackler students, front, follow along, during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Tufts Medical graduates complete their degrees by reciting the Hippocratic Oath as Sackler students, front, follow along, during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Eliza Bullis, M11, hugs a friend after commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Eliza Bullis, M11, hugs a friend after commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Jina Lee Sinskey's, M11, fan club of friends and family came dressed in custom t-shirts for commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Jina Lee Sinskey's, M11, fan club of friends and family came dressed in custom t-shirts for commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Congratulations to the newest Tufts doctors!

Global Focus

Seems like I’ve been on quite the roll with the Chronicle of Higher Education lately — their assignments always put me in touch with interesting people doing interesting things, so I can hardly complain! This time around, I was sent to the HULT International School of Business in Cambridge, which is a startup school with several campuses around the world. The HULT program isn’t well known locally, but the story was about how it’s found success in a relatively short period of time thanks to the strength of its international focus.

I could definitely tell there was a lot of energy in the building that houses the school, which occupies two floors of the parent company that operates it. There was collaboration throughout the floors in all of the study room, which line the perimeter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite as diverse a student body as I saw when I visited that afternoon, either.

Again, if you can get around the paywall, take a read of the full story on the Chronicle’s site.

Here’s a selection of photos from the assignment:

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --MBA students Kayo Gotanda of Japan, center goes over the details of an upcoming class presentation with her teammates Vinay Kumar of India, left, and Maha Aad of Lebanon at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --MBA students Kayo Gotanda of Japan, center goes over the details of an upcoming class presentation with her teammates Vinay Kumar of India, left, and Maha Aad of Lebanon at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --MBA students Maha Aad of Lebanon and Kayo Gotanda of Japan go over the details for a class presentation at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --MBA students Maha Aad of Lebanon and Kayo Gotanda of Japan go over the details for a class presentation at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of Finance student Scott Metzler of the United States tells his classmates about an upcoming event at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of Finance student Scott Metzler of the United States tells his classmates about an upcoming event at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of Finance students crowd at the front of the classroom to get the details of the day's assignment from Professor of Finance Viktoria Dalko, left, at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of Finance students crowd at the front of the classroom to get the details of the day's assignment from Professor of Finance Viktoria Dalko, left, at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Facing, from left, masters of finance students Paloma Vega of Peru, Aparna Devanasayanan of India and Nelson Ardila Guevara of Colombia go over the day's assignment with teammates Fernando Autrique of the United States, left, and Ricardo Restrepo of Colombia, right, at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Facing, from left, masters of finance students Paloma Vega of Peru, Aparna Devanasayanan of India and Nelson Ardila Guevara of Colombia go over the day's assignment with teammates Fernando Autrique of the United States, left, and Ricardo Restrepo of Colombia, right, at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of finance student Hashim Al Nouri of Syria and Saudi Arabia writes on the wall of a study room, which is covered with "IdeaPaint" whiteboard paint, at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of finance student Hashim Al Nouri of Syria and Saudi Arabia writes on the wall, which is covered with "IdeaPaint" whiteboard paint, of a study room at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of finance student Inma Mora Durán of Spain goes over her case study materials at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --Masters of finance student Inma Mora Durán of Spain goes over her case study materials at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.


3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --From left, Efosa Lawani of Nigeria, Simon Lukyanchyk, a Belarussian-Canadian, Andy Tsarapkin of Canada, Tin-Cheng Chao of Taiwan, and Alok Mohanty and Sumit Sood of India go over their class case study at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/31/11 -- CAMBRIDGE --From left, Efosa Lawani of Nigeria, Simon Lukyanchyk, a Belarussian-Canadian, Andy Tsarapkin of Canada, Tin-Cheng Chao of Taiwan, Alok Mohanty and Sumit Sood of India go over their class case study at the HULT International Business School's campus in Cambridge, Mass., on March 31, 2011.

The DREAMers

Last week I picked up an assignment to cover a teach-in rally at the Massachusetts State House in support of the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act — my very first assignment for The New York Times. The Times was working on a story on undocumented immigrant students and wanted to take a look at the broader DREAM Act movement from a national standpoint, and Boston happened to be the headquarters of one of the regional support organizations, the Student Immigrant Movement. None of my photos made it into the final cut of the story, but them’s the breaks of the newspaper biz, right? So, taking advantage of the beauty of self-publishing, here are few of my selects from the afternoon I spent with these self-described “Dreamers.”

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — DREAM University participant Pete Shungu engages the discussion at a teach-in rally at the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010. Activists were rallying in favor of the DREAM Act, which would grant a path to citizenship for undocumented students upon completion of higher education or enlistment in the military.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — High school student Modeline Badio, 18, and other DREAM University participants prepare their signs for their rally in support of the DREAM Act outside the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010. The activists were targeting Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in particular, who has expressed mixed opinions on the DREAM Act.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — A lone protester made several passes along Beacon Street in his minivan to counter the DREAM University teach-in at the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010. The activists largely ignored the protester.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — Maria Peniche, 19, tells the audience at the DREAM University teach-in about her struggles and goals as an undocmented student at the foot of the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010. Peniche, who calls herself a "DREAM Student," is currently enrolled at Pine Manor College.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — A DREAM University participant waves the American flag during the DREAM University rally's "graduation" ceremony at the foot of the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — Emelia Martinez-Brumbaugh, a Hampshire College student, accepts her "diploma" from the DREAM University teach-in "graduation" ceremony at the foot of the Massachusetts State House on Aug. 3, 2010.

8.3.2010 — BOSTON — Participants of the DREAM University teach-in toss their graduation caps in the air to wrap up their rally at the Massachusetts State House in favor of the DREAM Act on Aug. 3, 2010.