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Dream Big Dreams, Randolph Tells Class of 2007

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One Hundred Sixty Second Annual Commencement
 
The 162nd Fordham University Commencement was held at the Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx on May 19, 2007. This year the whole program was streamed live over the internet on the Media page. For more details about the University Commencement and about the diploma ceremonies for the individual colleges and schools, please see the Commencement page.
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Commencement 2007 - Randolph
After receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters, Randolph told graduates: “Live your lives with energy and excitement that will leave no doubt that you have made your mark.”
 
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Dream Big Dreams, Randolph Tells Class of 2007

NEW YORK—“Don’t ever stop reaching for what you believe in life,” New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph told cheering graduates at Fordham University’s 162nd Annual Commencement on the Rose Hill campus, on Saturday, May 19.

“I never gave up; if I’d given up, I’d never be at Shea Stadium,” said Randolph, who interviewed for managerial jobs in Major League Baseball 11 times, and was rejected every time, before he was hired as manager of the Mets in November 2004. “If I’d listened to critics along the way, who knows where I’d have wound up. Keep fighting back like I did. Quitting is the easy way out. Whatever your goals in life, it is imperative that you stay focused, determined.”

Randolph delivered the keynote address to the 4,780 members of the Class of 2007, including his daughter Ciara, who graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill. The occasional misting of rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the wildly enthusiastic graduates and more than 10,000 family members and friends who came to celebrate their milestone.

Randolph also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters, along with William F. Baker, chief executive officer of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21 New York; His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; and Joseph Volpe, senior vice president of Giuliani Partners LLC and former general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

Commencement 2007 - Randolph
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, said Willie Randolph was chosen as the Commencement speaker in part to mark the 60th anniversary of the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, "a moment in which our national pastime caught up with the national promise."
 
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Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, told the graduates that they “sparkle with talent” and possess “an embarrassment of riches—the riches of strong and supple minds and great and generous hearts.

“On this day of days, the day on which you are rightly celebrated, I want to remind you [of the] biblical quotation … ‘Of those to whom much is given,’—and that would be you—‘much is expected.’ … The God who lavished so much care on you, the University that is proud to claim you as its own and the world that longs for justice all expect that you will lead lives worthy of your own talented selves and the gifts that you have been given: lives marked by self-emptying love, selfless service and the wise use of the transforming wisdom and knowledge that you have gained here at Fordham.”

Randolph, who led the Mets to within one game of the World Series last year, also had an accomplished 18-year playing career, mostly with the New York Yankees. He played more games at second base than any other player in Yankees history, and was part of teams that won two World Series championships as a player and four more as a coach.

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“As a youngster growing up in the projects in New York, I faced many challenges in pursuing my dreams,” Randolph said. “I grew up in a tough neighborhood. I grew up around alcohol and gangs, but I had people who cared about me and helped me set my compass in the right direction and achieve my dreams.”

Fordham also conferred honorary degrees upon John L. Damonti, M.S.W. (GSS ’85), president of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and vice president of corporate philanthropy at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Richard Goldstone, LL.B., former justice of the South African Constitutional Court; and Catherine R. Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange Euronext.

Kinney received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the Graduate School of Business Administration diploma ceremony on May 19; Goldstone received an honorary doctorate of laws at the School of Law diploma ceremony on May 20; and Damonti received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the Graduate School of Social Service diploma ceremony on May 22.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.
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Commencement 2007 - Randolph
William F. Baker (right) is congratulated by Father McShane upon receiving his honorary doctorate of humane letters.
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Joseph Volpe (left) with John N. Tognino, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fordham University
 
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Commencement 2007 - Randolph
His Excellency Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, before receiving his honorary degree
 
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