I have to say, to be here now, speaking?with all of you -- in Yankee Stadium, one of the greatest places in one of the greatest?cities on Earth -- is more than a little humbling.
My friends, you are now NYU graduates -- the best and the brightest.
You have great potential and possibilities.
And therefore, you have enormous responsibility, too.
So today, I’d like to talk about the nature of both those things, and I’d like to offer you a challenge.
One that I think is essential for your future success as individuals, and as the leaders that you are becoming.
Among the many things I admire about NYU, is that about a fifth of the students are international.
And a similar proportion are the very first in their families to go to college.
This group is truly diverse in every possible way.
And I think that is an extraordinarily valuable and important thing.
When I graduated in the early 1990s, I went on a trip around the world with a few good friends -- who actually remain good friends to this day, which is sort of a miracle.
We trekked and traveled, mostly over land, from Europe to Africa to Asia.
And that remains one of the great formative experiences of my life.
It was an amazing adventure.
It was also a really important contributor to my continued, broader education.
Because it forced me, really for the first time as an adult, to meet, engage, befriend people whose views and experiences, ideas, values and language were very different from my own.
When a kid from Montreal meets a Korean fisherman living in Mauritania, befriends a Russian veteran of their Afghan war, or a shopkeeper and his family living in Danang, interesting conversations always happen.