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uniVerSiTY neWS Fall 2008

you are proof

that Adelphi’s campaign themes—

create, excel,

teach, inspire

have meaning.

— President robert A. Scott

in his commencement address

— President robert A. Scott in his commencement address CoMMenCeMent 2008 “i like the description of

CoMMenCeMent

2008

A. Scott in his commencement address CoMMenCeMent 2008 “i like the description of a successful per-

“i like the description of a successful per- son as one having a combination of compe- tence, courage, compassion, and conviction,” said Adelphi University President Robert A. Scott as he addressed nearly 2,600 gradu- ates and thousands of their friends and rela- tives who gathered in the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum for Adelphi’s 112 th Commencement on May 19, 2008.

Dr. Scott, who delivered this year’s Commencement address, commented on the universal values of work, beauty, and charity, relating to philosopher immanuel Kant’s universal values about what one can know, hope for, and do.

“i suggest that ‘art’ is what we hope for: we hope for ways to create beauty; to express ideas; to reveal the truth of a memory, an ob- servation, an insight—whether in Western or in Eastern thought,” says Dr. Scott.

Throughout his address, Dr. Scott referred to the honorary degree recipients and spe- cific 2008 graduates who exemplified the themes of his talk and the Adelphi spirit.

“One of you talked with me about Adelphi encouraging your ‘inner voice’ to grow and mature in ability and accomplishment—to be proud but not satisfied, always striving but never complacent,” he says, referring to a 2008 graduate. “You are proof that Adelphi’s campaign themes—create, excel, teach, inspire—have meaning.”

Business executive Lon Gorman, chair- man of the board of NYFiX, inc. was awarded an honorary degree, along with philanthropist Adele C. Smithers, presi- dent of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, and renowned choreog- rapher Paul Taylor, founder and cho- reographer of the Paul Taylor Dance

Company. lorraine a. hannon ’90, deputy chief of the Nassau County Police Department, received the Ruth Stratton Harley Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

A separate doctoral hooding ceremony

held on May 18, 2008 honored 29 doctor-

al candidates from the Gordon F. Derner

institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, and the School of Social Work.

A

video of the Commencement ceremony,

as

well as transcripts of the speeches, and

profiles of 2008 graduates, are online at

www.aDelphI.eDu/cOmmencement08.

By Ana Barbu ’10

of the speeches, and profiles of 2008 graduates, are online at www.aDelphI.eDu/cOmmencement08 . By Ana Barbu