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NFL commish will speak at UMass-Lowell commencement

03.12.10 at 10:20 am ET
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It was announced Friday morning that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will address graduates at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Commencement on Saturday, May 29 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Goodell also will accept a posthumous Doctor of Humane Letters degree for his father, the late U.S. Sen. Charles Goodell, a Republican who was elected to Congress in 1959 and appointed to the Senate following the assassination of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

“Roger Goodell is an inspirational role model who can share his personal story of working his way up from intern to leader of an organization that today oversees the diverse interests of the most successful sports league in the world,” said Chancellor Marty Meehan. “Our students will benefit from the examples set by Roger and his father, Charles, both of whom have led without compromising their beliefs.”

“I learned a lot from my father about the importance of acting on your values and doing what’s right, no matter what the pressure and opposition,” said Roger Goodell. “I welcome the opportunity to share with UMass Lowell graduates how the lessons I’ve learned from my father and leading the NFL can be applied to anything they pursue in life.”

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