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Class of 2006

Readying for Commencement

Politician, athlete, and author Bill Bradley will be the speaker.

Bil Bradley
Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley has been in the limelight since his days as a star basketball player at Princeton University, where he racked up numerous records. He shone academically as well and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. In 1964 he was the captain of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. After college he played professional ball in the NBA for the New York Knicks. Bradley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Since retiring from the court, Bradley has dedicated himself to public service. In 1978 he won a Senate seat representing New Jersey. He campaigned against incumbent vice president Al Gore for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination. Bradley is now  a corporate consultant, investment banker, and author of four best-selling books.

Eric Nagy, president of the class of 2006, says Bradley will be an excellent fit for IC because of his diverse credentials. “Bradley is famous for many things,” says Nagy. “He’s going to come with a message of inspiration.”

The senior class is hoping to inspire future seniors by raising money for a scholarship as part of its legacy to IC. The gift committee is striving to raise a total of $35,000, of which $25,000 will go towards a scholarship for rising seniors. Bridgette Crawford, co-chair of the senior class gift committee, says the remaining money will be given to schools around campus that need it and to the athletics department. Any money the senior class raises for the scholarship will be matched by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.

As part of the gift committee’s “2006 Hours to Graduation” campaign, seniors and their guests attended a gala in mid-February and participated in a silent auction to help raise money. Items up for bid included a game-worn NHL jersey and a dinner at Fountain Place with President Peggy R. Williams. 

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