New ‘CBS Evening News’ Anchor Gives TU Commencement Speech

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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Hundreds of fine arts students at Towson University earned diplomas Wednesday. Making the day even more spectacular, the commencement speech was delivered by CBS news anchor Scott Pelley.

Jessica Kartalija reports.

The end of an era, and a new beginning. Pelley sent hundreds of fine arts students off into the real world.

“There is only one thing standing between your diploma and you,” Pelley said. “That’s me.”

“Not only is it an honor because he is going to anchor the ‘CBS Evening News’ and he was a star on ‘60 Minutes,’ also because he is actually excellent at what he does,” said Richard Vatz, professor of communications.

“Despite my great education, nobody ever told me that my dreams were impossible,” Pelley said.

Pelley urged journalism students to create new opportunities.

“When the question is a lie, answer with the truth,” Pelley said. “And when the test says ‘Stop here,’ you say ‘Go on,’” Pelley said.

Bill Owens, executive producer of CBS‘ “60 minutes”and a Towson graduate, asked Pelley, his close friend, to give the commencement address.

“I love talking to these young people who are going to be the reporters of tomorrow,” Pelley said.

“I’m a mass comm major myself, so it’s really exciting to have someone in the field that’s such a famous professional come to speak,” said Emily Hill. “I’m excited to hear what he has to say.”

Pelley will officially take over as anchor of the “CBS Evening News” on June 6.

“It’s exciting, very exciting just to have the opportunity to work with the men and women of CBS News all around the world,” Pelley said.

Pelley talked about his experience covering news around the world and told stories of people with exceptional courage.  He was given a standing ovation.

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