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(Boston) – Robert F. Stott, the New England Region President for Verizon Wireless and a 40-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, urged the Metropolitan College Class of 2006 to “make everyday better than your last and create your own culture of continuous improvement” at Sunday evening commencement exercises celebrating the success of the 1,138 graduates.
Stott, who began his career working as an equipment installer with only a high school education, took advantage of his company’s tuition reimbursement and enrichment plans and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees while continuing his employment.
“Think of my remarks to you today as a final MET case study,” said Stott. “I present myself as one whose path and story you might mirror, simply because I am one of you.”
Continuing with motivational messages, Stott challenged the graduates: “Today is a great day, but now you must ask yourself a very important question. How are YOU going to make tomorrow even better?” He also shared three life lessons including focusing on the key fundamentals, flawlessly executing plans, and being true leaders by taking action and creating momentum.
Stott also praised Metropolitan College for leveraging the advancements in the telecom industry that create opportunities for remote learning. By offering classes through cyberspace and at 14 campuses worldwide, Metropolitan College is able to provide educational opportunities to a much broader base of deserving students. As Stott outlined, “this graduating class is reflective of MET’s unique capacity for content, format and audience.”
In his opening remarks, Dean Jay Halfond described Metropolitan College as “the stuff that dreams are made of.” True to this sentiment, the ceremony featured the presentation of numerous awards to graduates who have actively pursued their dreams and achieved excellence both in the classroom, as well as in their lives outside of BU.
Halfond also announced the establishment of the Bryan D. Willard Memorial Scholarships, which received a standing ovation. Founded in honor of Willard, the Metropolitan College graduate student and Marine captain who was recently killed in the line of duty, the scholarships will provide $10,000 annually to MET students who have been wounded in action.