Mayor Bloomberg Will Be Harvard Commencement Speaker
Sorry, Tom Menino. Maybe you should have reconsidered a job at the university.
Now that he doesnâ€™t have his finger on the pulse of New York City, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg will return to his home state of Massachusetts, and deliver a speech to this yearâ€™s graduating class at Harvard University during the schoolâ€™s 363rd commencement ceremony.
In an announcement released by the school on Wednesday, university officials said Bloombergâ€™s local ties and experience as a three-term elected official overseeing one of the largest cities in the country make him the perfect pick to bestow his knowledge onto the students passing through the arc and into the real world.
â€śMike Bloombergâ€™s career represents a rare blend of public leadership, private-sector entrepreneurship, and powerful philanthropic engagement,â€ť said Harvard President Drew Faust in a statement. â€śHe has led one of the worldâ€™s great cities, built one of the nationâ€™s most influential information services, and generously committed his attention and resources to worthy causes in public health, the environment, civic life, the arts, andâ€”not least of allâ€”education. I greatly look forward to welcoming him in May.â€ť
Besides his time as mayor of New York City, where he took on the devastating impacts of Superstorm Nemo, and life in the metropolitan landscape post-9/11, Â Bloomberg has roots both outside of the Harvard campus, and on its grounds. Born and raised in Medford, the speaking engagement will be somewhat of a homecoming for Bloomberg, who got his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and â€śremained closely engaged with Harvard as an alumnus,â€ť according to school officials.
Last year, former Boston Mayor Tom Menino was awarded an honorary degree from the university, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey delivered the commencement speech to graduates.
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