Former NBC Universal CEO delivers commencement address


Former NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright addresses graduates at Fairfield Country Day School.

Fairfield Country Day School held its 76th commencement on June 12. Bob Wright, former chairman and CEO of NBC Universal, vice chairman of GE, Autism Speaks co-founder and a former Fairfield Country Day School parent, gave the address.

Wright spoke to the students about some of the fundamental values that will help them be successful in life and many of those core values align with the school’s core competencies: respect, hard work, and integrity.

“It is not enough to simply respect and treat others equally, but to live, yes live a life of integrity 24/7,” Wright said. “Real integrity is a way of being. And it is critical in this era of hyper-communication.”

Wright spoke about his personal drive with Autism Speaks and the success the organization has had raising awareness about autism. While it has made much progress in education and early detection, there is still more to be done.  He concluded his thoughts by saying,

“It is critical to our world that you keep service as your core-and that brings us back to integrity, yes?,” Wright said. “Doing what’s right-when it’s right always. Integrity, scholarship, respect, passion, community, service — all of these qualities are now you. You’ve passed all your tests with flying colors.  As you move on to higher levels of education and finally the working world, do not lose sight of them. Remember where you started. Remember your neighbors. In good times, remember those suffering. Remember my grandson, Christian, and all those on the autism spectrum. Work hard to transform your communities.”

FCDS graduates will be attending the following schools: Avon Old Farms, Deerfield Academy, Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Greens Farms Academy, Kent School, Lawrenceville School, Loomis Chaffee, Middlesex, Millbrook School, Northfield Mount Hermon, St. Joseph’s High School, The Taft School and Westminster School.

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