Billionaire surprises UMass Boston grads with $1,000 each 

Billionaire Rob Hale surprised the University of Massachusetts Boston graduates with $1,000 each at the school’s undergraduate graduation ceremony on Thursday.

Hale and his wife, co-keynote speakers at the school announced Each of the 2,000 undergraduates who attend will receive $1,000. Each graduate received two envelopes, one containing $500 for himself and another $500 to give to an organization, family member or supporter.

“These are turbulent times. You survived. You thrived. You should be celebrated. You overcame,” said Hale. “It’s not easy. We’ve been here. And we’re proud of you. We want to share that celebration with you. We want to give you two gifts.” The first is a present for you, and the second is the gift of giving.”

Mr. Hale’s announcement was made just before the new graduates took the stage, and there was a big round of applause and cheers from the audience. He said his and his wife’s “greatest joy” came from donations.

“This difficult time has heightened the need for sharing, caring and giving. We need compassion,” he said.

In his speech, he also touched on contributing to society and how students can become leaders in their communities.

“You will define our society, our federation, and the next generation beyond. Give a little more than you get, take a few chances, and you will have a happier life.” “Don’t be afraid to fail.

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