U.S. Attorney General Holder Urges BU Grads to Fulfill the Obligation to Serve the Public Good

in Commencement, News Releases
May 16th, 2010

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 | ttesta@bu.edu
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(Boston) – Speaking to over 5,000 Boston University graduates and 20,000 guests at today’s 137th commencement at Nickerson Field, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged the Class of 2010 to fulfill their obligation to be a servant for the public good.

“No matter what your path, you must always remember the enormous investment that’s been made in you, not only by your families but also by our society,” stated Holder, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by BU President Robert A. Brown. “Your years of study at BU were a luxury – especially for those of you lucky enough to live in StuV-II [“Stew-vee-two”] – and this luxury comes at a price. From this day forward, you must do your part to improve the world around you. As of today, you not only have the ability and the credibility, you also have the responsibility.

“You must embrace your responsibilities – indeed welcome them – with the same enthusiasm and dedication that you have shown during your time here. So many of you ventured into the community before even setting foot in the classroom. You became citizens of Boston first, citizens of Boston University second. Whether through FYSOP [the First-Year Student Outreach Program] or during the Global Day of Service, you helped to build a better city, country, and world.”

Wafaa El-Sadr, M.D., M.P.H., director of both the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) and the Global Health Initiative at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, delivered the baccalaureate address at Marsh Chapel to kick-off today’s formal commencement events at New England’s largest graduation ceremony.

Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement were: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee (Doctor of Letters); Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and civil rights defender William T. Coleman, Jr. (Doctor of Laws); and Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D., Nobel Prize-winning chemist (Doctor of Science).

Jonathan L. Priester (COM ’10), from Jackson, MS, delivered the student address.

A full text of Attorney General Holder’s speech can be found here.

High-resolution digital photographs of the 2010 BU Commencement participants can be downloaded at: http://www.bu.edu/photo/archive/2002/POST2641HD10.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. 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.

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