This was the commencement speech delivered at my graduation with a doctoral degree this past Saturday, May 22, 2010. I feel like it belongs on my blog as part of the record of my experience. The speech was surprisingly rich in reference to Fordham’s history. This was not a canned political speech.
In her May 22 address to the Class of 2010 at Rose Hill, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, invoked the glories and tragedies of Irish history as well as persisting injustices of the modern world. McAleese called upon the graduates to make the world better in the manner of the founder of Fordham and other advocates for justice throughout the centuries.