The only financial compensation Booker is receiving from the University to speak at convocation is money to cover the costs of transportation from Ithaca to Newark, according to University Trustee Andrew Tisch ’71.
Speaking to a packed Schoellkopf Stadium, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the Class of 2012 to keep Cornell’s land grant mission, as well as the willingness to take risks, close to their hearts as they depart from The Hill at the University’s 144th Convocation on Saturday.
Despite their opposition to his strong defense of the New York Police Department surveillance program involving Muslim students, student leaders from Cornell’s Muslim community expressed measured support for the selection of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as this year’s Convocation speaker.
Amid a recent barrage of speculation surrounding his presidential aspirations, former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani may be used to receiving career advice. But on Saturday, he played the advisor and implored the Class of 2011 to work toward the public good.