More than 16,000 graduates, family, friends and faculty and staff packed Edwards Parade under cloudy skies, and gave Brokaw rousing cheers at every full stop.
Fordham conferred a doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, upon Brokaw, and likewise conferred honorary degrees upon Hon. Michael Bloomberg, mayor of the City of New York; Justin Lin, chief economist of the World Bank; Frank J. Macchiarola, former chairman of the New York City Charter Revision Commission; and Kathryn Wylde, chief executive officer of the Partnership for New York City.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, told the happy crowd, "Members of the Class of 2009, this is above all your day. This is the day on which we celebrate you. We celebrate hopes that have been realized, dreams that have come true, loves that have blossomed and lives that have been changed—changed utterly."
Watch short video of Tom Brokaw's commencement speech (here)
Photo is of Tom Brokow being interviewed at Fordham in 2004 (here)
The text of Brokaw's address (here)