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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author David Halberstam Tells Bentley Graduates "Resilience is More Important Than Brilliance."

May 20, 2006

David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and noted historian, told Bentley College graduates during the 87th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20, that even those who have reached a high career plateau suffer daily defeats and humiliations -- but the key to life is getting up and getting on with it.


"Succeeding is, more than anything else, picking yourself up on the bad days and deciding that you will not be defeated," said Halberstam. "If defeat happens to us all the time in advanced careers, believe me that it will happen to you in your embryonic ones. How you deal with it will determine your level of success and happiness in life - elemental resilience is more important in your career than pure brilliance."


Halberstam, and former Bentley president Dr. Joseph G. Morone, CEO and president of Albany International Corp., were awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degrees.




During the McCallum commencement ceremony, Jon L. Luther, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dunkin' Brands, Inc. told graduates that value and character must be a way of life and to 'do the right thing' is the most valuable piece of advice the graduates will ever receive.


"Doing the right thing sets your moral compass and establishes your integrity with everyone who knows you," said Luther. "Do the right thing even when you get no credit for it - especially when you get no credit for it. . . .character shows when no one is looking - some may know and some may not. But you will always know your character, your moral compass."


Luther was awarded an honorary doctor of commercial science degree during the graduate ceremony.



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About the Graduates

At the undergraduate ceremony, 998 Bachelor of Science degrees, 22 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 4 Associate of Science degrees and 5 certificates were granted to 1,029 students from 30 states and territories and 40 countries.


At the McCallum Graduate School of Business ceremony, 313 Master of Science degrees, 222 Master of Business Administration degrees and 42 certificates were granted to 577 graduate students from 23 states and 25 countries.


Faculty and Student Awards


The Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Mahendra R. Gujarathi, professor of accountancy. Bentley bestowed the Scholar of the Year Award to James E. Hunton, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Accounting. The Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising was presented to John F. Minor, Lecturer in Marketing.


Virginia M. Carr was the winner of the Professor Robert J. Weafer Award for Undergraduate Academic Excellence. Donald Crane, Maria Spinale and Yuri Takenaka were the winners of the Professor E. Williams Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence. James M. Butterworth was recognized as the Outstanding Evening Student.


About the Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients


One of the most distinguished social and political commentators in America, David Halberstam is best known for his incredible ability to chronicle the profound changes in recent American history. His books are about society, history and culture; fifteen of them have been New York Times bestsellers.


Halberstam's classic, The Best and the Brightest, is considered by many to be the definitive book on how and why we went to war in Vietnam. His other acclaimed books include The Powers That Be, about the rise of modern media; The Fifties, about a decade he regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today, and The Reckoning, about the challenge of Japan to the American automotive industry. His most recent bestseller, The Education of a Coach, is a profile of the leadership and success of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Other bestsellers include Firehouse, the story of his local firehouse, which lost 12 men on 9/11, and The Teammates, a moving account of the 60-year friendship among four Red Sox players: Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky.


Halberstam was born in New York in 1934. He attended Harvard University and served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. In 1955 he graduated with a degree in Journalism. He began his career as the a reporter for the Daily Times Leader in West Point Mississippi and later at The Nashville Tennessean before joining The New York Times in 1960. He first came to national prominence in the early sixties as part of a small handful of American reporters who refused to accept the official optimism about Vietnam and who reported that the war was being lost.


Jon L. Luther, a 35-year veteran of the food-service industry, is a proven leader at creative brand development. He has led Dunkin' Brands' business strategy since 2003 by extending the success of the company's three brands - Dunkin' Donuts, Togos and Baskin Robbins.

In December 2005 Luther led a management team effort to take over ownership interest in the company with the help of a consortium of three private equity firms, Bain Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The $2.4 billion deal was finalized on March 1, 2006. Most recently, Dunkin' Brands was owned by French beverage company Pernod Ricard S.A., after it purchased Allied Domecq, Dunkin' Brands' parent company.


Luther holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Paul Smith College, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Elliot Leadership Institute and on the board of The Leadership Roundtable. He also participated in the Wharton School of Business' Community Leadership Seminar Program. He previously served on the Advisory Board of the Women's Foodservice Forum, and on the Advisory Board for the Statler Hotel Management Program at Canisius College in New York.


With more than 12,000 outlets worldwide, Dunkin' Brands is now the largest chain of coffee, donut, and bagel shops with 2 million customers per day served at 6200 stores around the globe. The first Dunkin' Donuts was opened in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts.


Dr. Joseph G. Morone served as president of Bentley College from July 1997 to August 2005.

Prior to joining Bentley, Morone served as dean of The Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held the Andersen Consulting Professorship of Management. During his tenure as president, Bentley established itself as a national leader in integrating information technology and business education.

At Rensselaer, Morone led the transformation of the School of Management into the Lally School of Management and Technology. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he worked for the Keyworth Company, a consulting firm that specialized in technology management and science policy; General Electric's Corporate Research and Development; and the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Morone has a PhD from Yale University in political science.




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