Marathon survivor, rescuer address grads in Boston

By Paige Sutherland

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, left, and spectator Carlos Arredondo react after both received honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies for Fisher College in Boston, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Bauman lost his legs in the attack. Bauman and Arrendondo, who saved Bauman's life the day of the bombing, each gave graduation speeches during the ceremony.

Michael Dwyer, Associated Press

BOSTON — Two Boston Marathon spectators who became symbols of courage after last year's bombing have teamed up for a graduation speech and beamed with pride after receiving honorary degrees.

Jeff Bauman lost his legs in the attack. He told graduates at Fisher College in Boston on Saturday to keep moving forward and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Carlos Arredondo helped save Bauman's life that day and stressed the importance of community and teamwork.

Arredondo was passing out American flags when two bombs went off near the finish line. He ran to Bauman and helped rush him to an ambulance. An Associated Press photograph captured that moment.

Bauman later helped authorities identify the suspects.

The pair never graduated from college and appeared overjoyed to receive their honorary diplomas.

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