July 10, 2006
Eliot Spitzer, Keynote Speaker at Farmingdale State's 87th Commencement Ceremony
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer addressed the Class of 2006 at Farmingdale State's 87th Commencement Ceremony celebrated on May 21.
Attorney General, Spitzer, who was received with a great ovation, offered the graduates an invitation and a plea, "I'd like to ask you to stay in New York... We can make this a state where you can make a life for yourselves and your families. But we need your help." He emphasized the need for bright, young, passionate people to "never underestimate the power you hold. Set an example. Work yourself bleary eyed. Be relentless."
Eliot Spitzer also encouraged students "Demand more from yourselves, from your government, from your neighbors. Mark Twain once said: 'Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.' ... So step up. Do right. And do it here in New York. "
Finally, Attorney General Spitzer thanked and wished continuous success to the Class of 2006.
More than 1,400 students were eligible to graduate in May. Farmingdale State has graduated more than 80,000 students who have gone on to leadership roles throughout the world.