- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly seven decades after leaving Syracuse University to join his father’s growing newspaper empire, Donald Newhouse returned Sunday to receive something that was missing from his resume - a degree.

Newhouse, president of Advance Publications, received an honorary doctor of letters from the university and also delivered the commencement address to the 5,470 who received their degrees at Syracuse’s 162nd commencement.

“This occasion, which I know has special meaning for you, has great meaning for me, too,” Newhouse told the graduates inside the Carrier Dome. “I arrived at Syracuse as a freshman in 1947, and while I did not achieve what you have - it took me 69 years to get a degree - I am extremely moved to be here alongside you today.”

Newhouse said he entered the university as a shy teenager and was assigned a bunk at the State Fairgrounds five miles from campus because the university was crowded with veterans returning from military service.

“I wasn’t exactly proving myself a great scholar,” he recalled. “I was also impatient to begin work in my father’s world.”

Newhouse went to work at Long Island Press, one of the many newspapers his father, Samuel I. Newhouse Sr., purchased starting in the 1920s.

Syracuse University’s communications school is named after the Newhouse family.

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