On May 31 LIM College held its 73rd annual Commencement exercises at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Families, friends, faculty, staff, and Board members gathered on a picture-perfect spring day to honor our more than 300 graduates, who received MBA, bachelor’s and associate degrees.
The afternoon’s keynote speaker was Michael Gould, Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s. A pre-eminent leader in the business of fashion, Mr. Gould noted that in more than 44 years he’s had only one “job” -- for just six months -- the rest of the time he has had a “passion,” and he encouraged the Class of 2012 to follow his example.
I urge all of our graduates to continue to work hard -- with integrity and every bit of enthusiasm you can muster. What all the top business leaders in the world have in common is not only talent; it’s also unbelievable zeal and enthusiasm for the job they are doing. Just as you faced challenges in your college career, so too will you face challenges in your professional life. Yet, as graduates of LIM College, you are uniquely prepared for them and I feel confident in your ability to handle anything that comes your way.
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during our ceremony, reminded us that getting a degree is not the end – it is just the beginning. I couldn’t agree more with his prediction that, for LIM College’s Class of 2012, the best is still ahead!