True Success Judged by Giving to Those in Need, Mayor Domenic Sarno Tells Springfield College GradsMay 16, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 16, 2009 - “Life is about so much more than ambition or financial and material wealth,” Domenic J. Sarno, mayor of Springfield, told graduates of Springfield College’s advanced degree programs this morning at the College’s 123rd commencement, on Naismith Green, on the Springfield, Mass., campus.
“When all is said and done, true success in life is judged not by what a person is able to achieve but by the depth of one’s willingness to give more of themselves to those in need,” Sarno said.
“Being humble in the good times and showing strength in the challenging times is the true test of an individual’s character,” he said.
Sarno, elected mayor of Springfield in 2007, has led an administration characterized by responsiveness to citizens and by innovation and action to improve quality of life, education, and public safety. His mayoral staff is the most ethnically diverse in the history of the city.
In today’s ceremonies, the college awarded 391 master’s degrees, four certificates of advanced graduate study, and two doctoral degrees. The college will award 712 bachelor’s degrees at tomorrow’s undergraduate commencement at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Keith T. Daly, president and chief executive officer of Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, and Footaction USA, divisions of Foot Locker, Inc., will give the commencement address. He will receive an honorary doctor of humanics degree, as will Springfield College trustees Helen Davis Blake, James Frank and James E. Walsh.