Newark Mayor Cory Booker delivered a rousing speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 69th Commencement Tuesday, telling the more than 2,000 graduates to use their success to inspire others.
"When you have reached the pinnacle of success as you defined it, when the world sees you for who you are, don't just stand there and have everybody look at you in awe,” Booker told the crowd at the IZOD Center. “Stand there so that you inspire others to join you as well."
The mayor received an honorary doctorate along with New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and Minnesota Vikings owner and FDU alum Zygmunt “Zygi” Wilf.
Student Pinnacle Awards were presented to Morrine Omolo from the campus in Teaneck, Jessica Dingman from the College at Florham campus and Juliana Fiorentino from FDU-Vancouver.
FDU’s Class of 2012 included graduates from 50 countries and all 21 New Jersey counties.
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