2009 Commencement Address
General Wesley K. Clark, Burkle Center Senior Fellow and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander
Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009
In this podcast, Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations, keeps his message simple at a keynote address to the largest-ever graduating class of the Institute's interdepartmental degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.), the former NATO supreme allied commander who for three years has been a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations, spelled out "three simple rules" for graduates facing "a big, rough world out there" amid financial crisis, climate change, wars, and other challenges.
- Treat others with respect.
- Seek practical steps forward, not universal solutions.
- Don’t compromise your principles.
"It's not profound, but it's hard, and you'll have to remember it," he said.
Elaborating on the second rule, Clark said, "You can actually get things done person by person, family by family. It won't be in the millions; it will be in the dozens. But if you can make a difference like that, you should be very, very proud of it, because that's the way progress is made."