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U.S. SENATOR Edward M. Kennedy (D-MAss.) Challenges Bentley College Graduates to Use Their Education to Move Their Country to Address Challenges

May 19, 2000

WALTHAM, Mass.- U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) urged graduates to take their education to a higher level both professionally and personally, as he delivered the keynote address to 870 graduates today at Bentley College's 81st undergraduate commencement, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

At the morning ceremony, 792 bachelor of science degrees, 38 bachelor of arts degrees, seven associate in science degrees, and 33 certificates were granted to students from 24 states and 50 countries.

Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degrees were also presented to Nathan R. Miller, general partner of Nathan R. Miller Properties and 1954 Bentley alumnus, and Leonard Riggio, chairman and CEO of Barnes & Noble.

Kennedy began his speech by commending students on the quality education they received at Bentley, noting the college's commitment to infuse technology into the curriculum to better prepare students for the Information Age.

He continued with a reminder that although graduates are "entering the workforce at a time of unprecedented economic growth-there are still challenges facing us if we are indeed to be the land of opportunity for all. Archimedes said, "If you give me a lever and a place to stand, I can move the world." Your excellent education here has given you that lever, and I hope that you will use it to move our country to address the many challenges we face more effectively."

Some of the challenges Kennedy cited include wage discrimination, family leave, health insurance coverage, and the importance of being a good citizen.

"Many of you will be starting your first full-time job in the weeks ahead," said Kennedy. "Many will move into your first apartment, buy your first car, and begin the career you have been preparing for. Others may be heading to graduate school. Whichever path you choose, remember the lessons that you learned at Bentley. Above all, be an active citizen. Be a strong advocate for chance and reform and a better life in your communities. Don't join the naysayers who say it can't be done- because you have the ability and education to prove it can be done.

"Hold leaders at every level accountable for their promises to make your city, your state, and your country a better place speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves."

Kennedy continued by quoting words often said by his brother, Robert Kennedy. "Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were, and say why not?"


"I urge each of you to make those words your own as well. If you do, you will make America a better country and the world a better place," he concluded.

Beginning on Monday, May 22, the text of all keynote speeches will be available online at

Faculty and Student Awards

The Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time faculty was presented to Stephen D. Lichtenstein, professor and chairperson of Law. The same award for adjunct faculty was presented to Amy Curtis-Webber, adjunct instructor of English. Bentley's Scholar of the Year Award was bestowed upon Jane Fedorowicz, Rae D. Anderson Chair in Accountancy and Information Systems. The Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising was presented to Sean M. McDonald, director of the International Studies Program and assistant professor of Government.

Student honoree Richard E. Ohlsten of Lincoln, Mass., was the winner of the Professor E. Williams Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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