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List Of Some Graduation Speakers, Degree Recipients

May 27, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Here is a list of commencement speakers and prominent people who received honorary degrees from colleges and universities on Saturday. The speaker’s name is followed by a quotation from the speech:

William F. Buckley Jr.: ″I think we need a democratic Anti-Defamation League, and I urge you to join a movement to realize such an institute. ... I would like to see your Democratic Anti-Defamation League defend the honor of democracy by exposing those who abuse that venerable convention of self- government by public travesties of even semi-orderly thought.″

Honorary degrees: Buckley; newscasters Robert MacNeil and James Lehrer; .

The Rev. Royden B. Davis, dean of Georgetown’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Honorary degrees: the Rev. John Crowley, who has taught English at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee for 27 years, and Vincent Pascucci, chairman of the language department at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

New York University President John Brademas: ″Despite all its rhetoric about the importance of education to our national life, the Reagan administration is pursuing a course of action that is undermining the schools, colleges and universities of the United States. My fear is that by withdrawing help from students who most need it, we will move toward the creation of a two-tier system of higher education in our country, with independent universities for the rich, and state and municipal colleges for everyone else.″

Honorary degrees: Brademas; Broadway producer-director Harold Prince; George G. Hackman, a Wagner professor emeritus of religion and archeology; and Arthur F. Haimerl, pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Television newsman Ted Koppel: ″What is largely missing in American life today is a sense of context. There is no culture in the world that is so obsessed as ours with immediacy. Most of our journalism is such that the trivial displaces the momentous because we measure the importance of events by how recently they happened. We have become so obsessed with facts that we have lost all touch with truth.″

John J. Phelan, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the New York Stock Exchange: ″You don’t have to be an intellectual and you don’t have to be a genius. Learning is a kind of problem-solving that you will need to use all your life. If you leave this great institution with a diploma in your hand and do not continue your learning, five or 10 years from now that parchment will be useless.″

Honorary degrees: Phelan, businessman William P. Leary Jr., president of the Maid of the Mist Corp.; businessman James V. Glynn, and businessman George H. Milly, president and chairman of the GEOMET, Inc., of Gaithersberg, Md.

Speaker of the House Thomas ″Tip″ O’Neill: ″Too often, war represents the failure of diplomacy and I believe that if we are depending on the Contras to keep us out of war in Central America, then we are in deep trouble. ... The time has come for the administration to step back, take a breath and lower its voice. The time for table thumping, red-baiting and crying ‘uncle’ is over.″

Honorary degrees: O’Neill and his wife, Millie.

Poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg: ″No amount of whitewash on the walls on any proposed heaven anywhere on earth ever has been able to conceal the enduring inner realities of racism, of illegitimate wealth and over power-mongering, all of which are forms, in my view, of the failure of the imagination.″

Honorary degrees: South African writer Nadine Gordimer; Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood; publisher Helen Wolff; Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, researcher in epidemiology; and Dr. Siegried Achorn Centerwall, director of child health for California Department of Public Health; black South African dissident Winnie Mandele, who was absent because she has not been allowed to leave the country.

Columnist Ellen Goodman: ″Society has created a fictional couple - Superman and Superwoman. Superwoman dresses in $600 Ann Klein suits, has a creative and socially useful job, runs six miles after work and still finds time for meaningful interaction with her 2.3 children. Superman is able to leap tall emotional buildings in a single bound.″

Honorary degrees: Dr. Arthur C. Banks, Jr., president of Greater Hartford Community College; Walter C. Connolly, Jr., chairman of CBT Corp.; Dr. Jill K. Conway, president of Smith College; Gary Graffman, a concert pianist; William M. Polk, headmaster of Groton School; Kenyon J. Wildrick, senior minister of Comunity Congregational Church in Short Hills., N.J., and Ms. Goodman

Amherst President Peter R. Pouncy: ″The heroic sense of individual possibility is essential to the genre of epic (writing) and it is something in this more crowded and complex times we have lost.... If we hedge our sense of the heroic today, it is ... because the massive organization of the world has compounded our knowledge, our lives, and limits our sense of individual possibility... the familiarity of the world has deadened our sense of wonder, and the complexity of the world has sapped our confidence and both are essential for epic.″

Honorary degrees: Paul C. Warnke, arms negotiator during Carter administration; attorney Marian Wright Edelman, founding director of Children’s Defense Fund; Harrison E. Salisbury of the New York Times; Thomas J. Watson Jr., former IBM chairman and former ambassador to the Soviet Union; David F. Bradford, director of taxation research for National Bureau of Economic Research; economist Edmund S. Phelps; J. Robert Buchanan, general director of Massachusetts General Hospital and president of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston; and Carl R. Woese, genetic researcher.

Fred M. Rogers, producer and host of Public Television System’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, said: ″Wishes become a purpose, how important. Martin Luther King had a dream and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a dream. They were based on wishes and a hope for a new, better world.″

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Stewart L. Udall: ″The world economy is teetering and we are piling up enormous debts. After the mindless optimism we had in the ’70s, now we see incredible economic problems.″

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo: ″We need people who understand how all the parts relate, who know that unless we infuse all our strivings with compassion and with intelligent concern for the common good then we will be just another of the rich and affluent society that struts and frets its hour on the world’s stage, its affluence and power based on the size of its weapon, rather than on the strength of its example.″

Honorary degrees: Cuomo; William E. Dearden, retired chairman of Hershey Foods; Harrington Drake, retired chairman of Dun & Bradstreet; Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry; Wade Hampton McCree, Jr., solicitor general during the Carter Administration.

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