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LIM College's 2012 Commencement Ceremony: Bloomingdale's Chairman and CEO Delivers Keynote Address


More than 300 undergraduate and MBA students receive diplomas as Michael Gould and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer also receive honorary degrees

Michael Gould, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomingdale’s, advised the 2012 graduates of LIM College that above all else they should have passion for what they do, in his keynote address at the College’s 73rd annual Commencement exercises on May 31 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

Mr. Gould said, “Above all have passion for what you do! In 44+ years I have only had one job for just six months, the rest of the time I have had a passion.”

“As John Gardner said in a 1990 speech on personal renewal, ‘We learn by growing older, by suffering, by loving, by bearing with things we can’t change, by taking risks. You will learn that the world loves talent but pays off on character,’” Mr. Gould continued.

In concluding Mr. Gould told the students, “What I wish for you today and throughout your careers is the endless feeding at the trough of hope, of passion, of dreams, of learning, of constant self-renewal in the quest that everyone has within themselves to be more than you thought you could be.”

Mr. Gould was also presented with LIM College’s Distinguished Achievement Award and an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony, during which approximately 300 LIM College undergraduate students and 26 MBA graduates received degrees.

Said LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “We are grateful to Borough President Stringer’s longtime commitment to supporting higher education. He shown great support for many projects that have benefitted students throughout New York City and he understands the importance of higher education to the community’s ongoing economic health.”

The valedictorian of LIM College’s undergraduate Class of 2012 was Alexis Michaelides of Astoria, New York. This summer, Alexis will begin her career by entering the Macys.com Merchant Executive Development Program.

President Marcuse told the graduates, “Regardless of where you started out, whether it was Connecticut, or New Jersey, or California – or where your professional journey beyond LIM College may take you – whether it is to a large corporation, a small firm, or a one-person start-up – it is your commitment, creativity, and love of learning that will set you apart from the crowd.”

I urge you to continue to work hard -- with integrity and every bit of enthusiasm you can muster. What all the top business people in the world have in common is not only talent; it’s also unbelievable zeal and enthusiasm for the job they are doing. Just as you faced challenges in your college career, so too will you face challenges in your professional life. Yet, as graduates of LIM College, you are uniquely prepared for them and I feel confident in your ability to handle anything that comes your way,” President Marcuse concluded.

Read The Daily Front Row's story about LIM College's 2012 Commencement.

Read Women's Wear Daily's coverage of Michael Gould's speech.

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