“I was never in favor of Vietnam,” Stone said. “I had been in the Navy and went through the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
Stone retired from Plattsburgh State after 31 years. This was his first time back for the ceremony.
Plattsburgh State Provost Dr. James “Jake” Liszka cautioned that students must keep in mind their role as the nation’s conscience and remain engaged.
Those in power, he said, must not abuse that power but use it for the common good.
College challenges students to question the world around them, Sanchez said, and humanity and compassion are lost when the expectation is blind obedience.
“Always remember that although two people may have a difference of opinion, it is only our attitudes and dispositions which get in the way of being able to talk to them out,” he said.