Stockton University graduates hear from NJ governor

David Madden
May 11, 2018 - 2:27 pm
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Stockton University held commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2018.

Almost 2,000 graduates heard from M.J. Gov. Phil Murphy, who delivered the keynote address at Jim Whelan Convention Hall in Atlantic City.

Murphy quoted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, John and Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. in urging graduates to not be afraid to fail in their quest for success. A familiar message, to be sure, but one not to be missed in the age of social media.

"It is simply not enough to post or tweet or like and consider that as actual participation in our cultural, political or social dialogue," the governor said. "In these times, perhaps more than ever in our history, we need doers of deeds, not people who take their comfort in lobbing memes from their smartphones."

Murphy recalled how he sold college textbooks for two years after his own graduation, and the long road to get to where he is now in telling grads they can succeeds, with hard work.