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MEDAILLE GRADS URGED TO SHOW LEADERSHIP WILLIAMS, COLUMNIST, AUTHOR, TELLS GROUP TO SEEK GREATEST POTENTIAL

A journalist and author told graduates at Medaille College's 25th commencement Friday to focus on power as opposed to fame or wealth.

Juan Williams, a columnist at the Washington Post and author of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-65," which accompanied the public television series of the same title, urged the students to seek their greatest potential and make opportunities for others.

He didn't promise a world free of bitterness, but he told the graduates to respond with solutions.

"America and the world needs your leadership," he said.

Williams told the graduates to see their life in terms of their achievements and to understand that this step -- graduation -- will take them to their next level.

In the words of the old gospel spiritual and the title of his book, he advised them, "Keep your eyes on the prize."

Medaille President Kevin I. Sullivan presented Williams with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree during the ceremony at the Shea's Buffalo Center.

A total of 195 students receives associate's and bachelor's degrees.

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