By Associated Press - Saturday, May 18, 2019

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Journalist and political commentator David Brooks urged University of New Hampshire graduates to lead with vulnerability and weave relationships together through “aggressive friendship.”

Brooks spoke Saturday in Durham, where more than 2,500 undergraduates and 547 graduate students were awarded degrees. He told them that relationships are the only engine of change, and that vulnerability is the only way to build them. He called on graduates to seek out new friendships and to “live emotionally open in a time of hostility.”

Brooks and award-winning polar glaciologist Julie Palais received honorary degrees.

The ceremony also honored 100-year-old Arthur Bean, a retired New Hampshire Superior Court justice and World War II veteran who received the university’s Granite State Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the state.

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