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The University Magazine

‘Don’t be afraid to reach,’ Bob Schieffer tells grads

Bob Schieffer

An enthusiastic presentation by broadcaster Bob Schieffer kicked off the 125th Commencement activities May 21-22.

Veteran broadcaster Bob Schieffer urged members of the class of 2010 to select vocations that will provide personal fulfillment. Happiness, he stated, is the true measure of success.

Schieffer, moderator of Face the Nation and chief Washington correspondent for CBS News, was keynote speaker for RIT’s 125th commencement May 21-22, when more than 3,500 students received degrees.

“The important thing is do what you want to do. Don’t let someone else make that decision for you. It’s your life. Don’t be afraid to reach. If you make a mistake, there is plenty of time to change your mind.” He added, “Take a chance. If you work hard enough, you’ll be surprised what you can do.”

Schieffer was presented an honorary doctorate of humane letters by President Bill Destler, who acknowledged that the veteran journalist has received an array of honors.

Schieffer reminded graduates that America has long been a place where optimism overcomes fear, and he urged his audience to carry on that tradition.

“Do your best and set your expectations high, and remember always, true greatness comes not from the battles we win but the battles we choose to fight.”

Paul Stella ’03