For Immediate Release
May 15, 2010
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Family and friends gathered in The College at Brockport’s Tuttle North Ice Arena this morning (Saturday, May 15) to congratulate the class of 2010 as they received master’s degrees and advanced certificates at the College’s 60th graduate commencement ceremony.
“We are all here today to honor you – our graduates. This celebration today is yours as we are here to recognize your many accomplishments and to reflect upon your future. Even in these challenging times, I predict a bright future for each and every one of you. Remember that you are—and always will be—a valued member of The College at Brockport family,” said College President John R. Halstead, PhD, in his opening remarks.
The Commencement address was delivered by Walter J. Oleszek, PhD, who also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony.
Oleszek, a 1963 graduate of the College, is a senior specialist in American National Government with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) branch of the Library of Congress where, since 1968, he has advised key congressional leaders about the institution's history and how best to improve its operations. He has assisted the parliaments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ghana, India, Japan, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. He also helped the Polish government in the development of their congressional and constitutional procedures following the success of the Solidarity movement in 1989.
He is the author of Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. He co-authored Congress and Its Members; Congress Under Fire: Reform Politics and the Republican Majority; Bicameral Politics: Conference Committees in Congress, and co-edited Governing: Reading and Cases in American Politics.
In has address Oleszek told graduates about some of life’s lessons he learned along the way to the Commencement ceremony.
From Brockport political science professor Michael Weaver, PhD, he learned to “stay active in your community - participate - and stay informed about public affairs.” He thanked Weaver and all faculty who “opened students intellectual horizons and motivated students to be engaged and do what we could to change things for the better.”
From the late Charlie Young, his high school football coach in Little Falls, NY, he learned to “never quit and never give up because good things happen if you keep pursuing your goals.”
Oleszek concluded with encouraging the graduates and the audience to “find something you love to do because you will never have to ‘work’ a day in your life” and above all to “make a difference …to your family, your community, your country, your profession and yourself. Go out and make a difference and have fun along the way.”
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