The 2,500 students making up the University of Massachusetts Boston graduating class of 2023 walked away from their commencement with more than just a diploma on Thursday. Each student, courtesy of a surprise donation from billionaire Rob Hale, also received $1,000.
… As graduates walked across the stage, they were handed two envelopes — each containing $500 — with the idea that they could keep one and give the other to charity. Hale is the co-founder and president of Granite Telecommunications. Here's the video!