On May 19, 1979 Drew University held the 111th annual Commencement. In addition to being the 50th anniversary year of College of Liberal Arts, this ceremony has gone done in Drew history as being one of the most memorable.
The scheduled speaker, Reverend Jesse Jackson, took ill and had to cancel his appearance. But, Reverend Frank Ostertag C’47, T’50, T’54 called his friend Alan Alda and asked him to step in on 36-hours notice to serve as Commencement speaker. Alda agreed and graduates remember his address to this day.
Listen to Commencement address > (Alan Alda’s speech begins around 6:57)
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