The Class of 2012 might be entering a tough economy and an uncertain world, but the two speakers at Quinnipiac University's 81st Commencement ceremonies encouraged graduates to aim high and persevere to achieve success.
"Dream big, worthy dreams, and don't get discouraged by rejection," said Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO and founder of Blackstone, the world's largest alternative asset manager. He delivered the commencement address at the first of two ceremonies held May 20 on the University Quadrangle.
Schwarzman addressed graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business. Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, delivered the address at an afternoon ceremony for graduates in the Schools of Communications, Health Sciences and Nursing.
Diana R. Boryczewski, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Kristen M. Kusek, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kensington both graduated on Sunday, May 20.