Jim McCloskey traveled (semi-successfully) to Boston this weekend to be the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies of Boston University’s Linguistics Department. It was an auspicious time to be there since Linguistics at BU has just achieved full departmental status and has added a new PhD program to its degree offerings (the initial cohort of students just completed their first year in the program). It was a particular point of pleasure for Jim that alumna Emmy Digirolamo was among the MA graduates. Emmy completed the BA in Linguistics at UCSC in Spring 2018 and graduated from the one-year MA program on Saturday. Jim was also able to catch up with alumna Sabrina Tran, who graduated from UCSC in Spring 2017 and completed the MA in Linguistics at BU a year ago.