Commencement address to appear on C-SPAN
New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s commencement speech will be one of 40 commencement addresses from around the nation to be aired on C-SPAN television this weekend.
Sulzberger’s speech had
humor: “This is my first ever
commencement speech and,
depending on your reviews,
maybe my last.” He apologized
to the graduates as well
for not following through on
what he had hoped to do after
his graduation day in 1974:
He made a plea: “...my plea is: engage. Our world needs you. It needs your energy and your caring; it needs your commitment and your values....”
He also shared wisdom through his work as a media executive: “Yes, it’s important that those of us at The New York Times have the courage of our own convictions and defend the rights of our journalists to protect their sources.... But those big decisions rest on a stable foundation which has been built by thousands of small decisions...”
Sulzberger also received his first ever honorary degree from the college at Sunday’s ceremony.
MAY 22, 2006
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