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|Shalala giving her speech at the graduate ceremony at Hill Auditorium (Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)|
The key to the future, he noted, is that the door must be held open wide to educational opportunity, and new ways must be found to widen access to educational excellence. Second, he said, people must maintain sensitivity and tolerance, and embrace diversity. And finally, he urged students to live with audacity, risk adventure, do great things and not settle for the mediocre.
|Gray speaks to undergraduates at Michigan Stadium (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)|
Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami, and former Health and Human Services secretary, addressed the 2002 Spring Graduate Exercises at Hill Auditorium. Speaking on the topic of A Call for Courage, she reminded graduates of their heritage and what that would mean in relationship to their futures.
Referring to her Arab American background, Shalala said, My uncles gave their lives in World War II so that their family would always live with freedom. They also gave their lives so that synagogues would not be defaced and so that all races and religions would be respected. And so I remind you of your heritage and responsibilities. Strive to be a good personas well as a great professional.
Because ultimatelyyou wont be judged by your degreesbut by your character.