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Over the past five years, Pankhuri Singhal has sought out myriad opportunities at Northeastern to engage in research, pursue new passions, and step out of her comfort zone. But a fortuitous experience—attending the wrong orientation session—was perhaps the most transformative for the soon-to-be-graduate.

Singhal enrolled as a biology major, but during freshman orientation accidentally found herself immersed in Northeastern’s neuroscience program. Yet rather than retreat from her error, she embraced the moment. “It was so captivating that I decided to switch in without even thinking twice about it,” Singhal recalled.

That mindset—to seize opportunity and explore new horizons—is a defining trait of Singhal’s Northeastern experience. Soon, she will share her journey with fellow graduates when she delivers the student commencement address on Friday, May 5 at TD Garden in Boston.

“I’m humbled to have this honor,” Singhal said. “Northeastern has afforded me a unique platform to explore my passion for scientific research, and I’m excited to share my journey with everyone. I’m especially hoping that graduates will reflect back fondly on their own paths here.”