While former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber never attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, he was thrilled to be the school’s keynote speaker for their 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.
This address at the Prudential Center on May 17 was a first for Barber, but he was determined to make his first attempt successful for every undergraduate, their families, and Ramapo.
Barber’s anecdote about his teammate Greg Comella training in frigid temperatures at Ramapo Mountain State Forest illustrated his hard work throughout the years in order to be as successful as he currently is. Instead of choosing to stop and quit during their workout, Barber continued on the trail and knew that adapting to adversity would make him a better player.
“Whenever I think of Ramapo, I think of my start to becoming the athlete that I ultimately became.” Along with the Jersey shout-out, Barber emphasized how important it is to finish tasks no matter what you are doing in life and what setbacks occur along the journey of life.
On his latest Instagram post, Barber congratulated all of the graduates on earning their degrees while also giving praise to Ramapo College. “And thank you President Mercer and the Board of Trustees for allowing me to be a part of such a fantastic morning,” said Barber.
For a first time keynote address, it is easy to say that Barber’s speech made a touchdown in the hearts of Ramapo College graduates.