Gregory Player Delivers Valedictory Address at Spring Commencement

Manhattan College student Gregory A. Player, a 2012 graduate of the civil engineering master’s program, delivered the valedictory speech on May 19 at the College’s Spring Commencement.

Greg Player

Manhattan College student Gregory A. Player, a 2012 graduate of the civil engineering master’s program, delivered the valedictory speech on May 19 at the College’s Spring Commencement.

“The diplomas and certifications bestowed today simply serve as a baseline to measure both our learning and the personal success that derives from it,” Player said.

He urged his fellow graduates to embrace the Lasallian heritage engrained at Manhattan College by using their own knowledge and achievements to serve others and better the world.

“As the term commencement denotes, this is a beginning — the beginning of a longer journey to becoming leaders in the development of a safer, more ethical and more socially just future,” Player added.

Player received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College in 2009. As an undergraduate, he served as class president, as a member of the Pen and Sword Honor Society, and was recognized with the Brother B. Austin Barry Medal for Civil Engineering. Player was also a Lasallian Scholar, a resident assistant, a L.O.V.E. trip participant, and has volunteered with the Adelphia Fire Company since 2001, earning the rank of lieutenant this year.

Since graduating in 2009, he has worked as an engineering associate for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and most recently, as a project engineer for Public Service Electric and Gas Company in South Plainfield, N.J.

“Gregory is a great human being who happened to be an excellent engineer,” said Moujalli Hourani, D.Sc., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. “He is and will be forever a great Lasallian leader!”

After graduation, Player plans to sit for the professional engineer examination to become licensed in New Jersey. He also will continue to pursue a career related to critical infrastructure project management and earn higher ranks within the fire service. 

Player along with nearly 300 students graduated from the schools of business, education and engineering with master’s degrees, from the school of continuing and professional studies with bachelor’s degrees, and from the school of education with professional diplomas. Students who completed their studies in September 2011, February 2012 and May 2012 participated in the ceremony.

John Esposito ’69, former president and CEO of Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and Bacardi North America, delivered the keynote address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.