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(Boston) – CBS Corporation President & CEO Leslie Moonves urged the over 5,000 Boston University graduates to stay nimble and to resist the temptation to prematurely program their lives at today’s rain-soaked 133rd commencement of the nation’s fourth largest private institution, held this morning at BU’s Nickerson Field.
“There are a lot of things in life you can’t control but there’s one thing you can control: What you choose to do,” said Moonves, who was awarded an honorary doctor of Humane Letters degree at New England’s largest graduation ceremony. “At this point in your life, I believe it’s possible that you should choose not to choose.
“Always keep your options and your heart open. Look at life not as fully programmed but as a search. When the right opportunity comes along, and I know it will, then jump.”
Nancy G. Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, delivered the university’s baccalaureate service address at Marsh Chapel to kick-off today’s formal commencement events. The former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, whose organization has raised over $750,000 million for breast cancer research, encouraged graduates to find their passion.
“Listen to your heart…feel what makes it stir, whether it’s raising the public consciousness or raising a family,” said Brinker. “But once you find your passion, pursue it with reckless abandon. Dedicate yourself to a cause you love and as the old saying goes, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Also receiving honorary degrees, conferred by BU President Robert A. Brown, were: Patricia Meyer Spacks, president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway Human Transporter and president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation; Frederick S. Pardee alumnus, philanthropist and benefactor of the BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; and Boston University President Emeritus and School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Aram Chobanian, M.D.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.