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Two Media Leaders Speak at OWU's 158th Commencement

May 13, 2002

[ Greg Moore Photo ]Keynote Speeches Online » Read transcripts of speeches given by Greg Moore '76 and Nina Henderson Moore on Sunday, May 12, 2002.

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DELAWARE, OHIO -- New beginnings and infinite possibilities facing the 2002 Ohio Wesleyan University graduating class were focal points of the two keynote speakers at OWU's 158th Commencement on Sunday, May 12.

Family and friends of the 352 new graduates listened intently to Gregory Moore and wife, Nina Henderson Moore, as they spoke of the numerous challenges and opportunities that await members of the Class of 2002, who immediately "start a new life [chapter] as independent adults." Moore, who has been managing editor of The Boston Globe for the past eight years, was just named editor of The Denver Post, the largest American newspaper to be led by a Black editor. He is a 1976 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan. Henderson Moore is senior vice president for Black Entertainment Television (BET) News, Public Affairs and Programming Acquisitions. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Moore emphasized that while much progress has been made in our country over the past 25 years in restoring faith in our political leaders following Watergate, and in strides made by women and people of color as leaders in business and politics, there remains much to be done.

"We must eliminate the scourge of drugs in our communities and our nation, and we must still come to grips with the fact that race still matters in ways that result in racial profiling and denies opportunities," said Moore.

"You have to be willing to step up to the plate and be leaders in your personal and professional lives," he urged. And in the wake of the September 11 tragedies, Moore said "your challenge may well be to make this a saner and safer world." He advised the graduates to draw on what they had learned at OWU, about the importance of moral leadership, hard work, respects for people and other cultures, the need to give something back to the community, and to be independent thinkers.

[ Nina Henderson Moore Photo ]Henderson Moore focused on the infinite possibilities of going out into a technology-driven, multicultural world in which technology has "broken down the huge barriers to entry that have limited participation in most industries in the past." Those possibilities -- in media, print, film and network programming -- she explained, provide many opportunities for new college graduates, because someone needs to run these businesses and create content. "You understand how to use the technology. There is your opportunity." And as the face of America continues to change and we become more of a multicultural world, so is created a "rich tapestry of consumers that all corporations must embrace and reflect in their product, their talent, and their marketing in order to be relevant and profitable. ... "We need you to be successful," said Henderson Moore.

Also part of OWU Commencement program was the presentation of the University's two highest teaching awards. The Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award was presented to Professor of Music Robert Nims, who also retired from the faculty this year after 31 years of teaching.

Associate Professor of Music Nancy Gamso received the Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for the Encouragement of Teachers. Another award, not presented annually, the Daniel E. Anderson Campus and Community Conscience Award was given this year to Professor of Sociology/Anthropology, Mary Howard.

Honorary degrees were conferred upon Dr. Lawrence Langer, Holocaust Scholar and Professor Emeritus of English at Simmons College, and Congressman David Hobson '58.