Philanthropist tells St. Vincent grads to 'be like Mister Rogers'
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 6:18 p.m.
A Pittsburgh philanthropist and children's advocate told 107 St. Vincent College graduates on Saturday at commencement ceremonies on campus that they should never lose their curiosity that was nurtured at the school.
“Indeed, it's that trust in you and this college — as faithful, serving and curious lifelong learners — that surely attracted Fred Rogers to this campus,” said Gregg Behr, who wants to turn Pittsburgh into Kidsburgh.
The college in Unity conferred degrees on 51 undergraduates and 56 graduates who had completed their graduation requirements in August or December.
Behr, who was given an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, is the executive director of The Grable Foundation. The foundation's support has helped advance the mission of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent College.
Behr envisions developing Kidsburgh, an all-out effort by a large and collaborative group in Pittsburgh, to make the city the best place for children. He started Kids+Creativity, which has long been a resource for Pittsburghers whose work is at the intersection of technology, learning and play.
Kidsburgh conveys the sense that Pittsburgh is committed to improving the lives of children by promising all of them brilliant futures, Behr said.
The one image that conveys Kidsburgh beautifully is the statue of Fred Rogers seated by the Allegheny River keeping watch over Pittsburgh “in his neighborhood after all,” Behr said.
Behr asked the graduates to be like Mister Rogers, who grew up in Latrobe and came to fame through his public television program for children.
“You don't have to be Mister Rogers. The world doesn't need heroes. Rather, what this world needs most is more people with the good stuff. People willing to be like Mister Rogers every day. Everyday Freds,” Behr said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Jailed Hribal ‘fine,’ but family ‘terrible’ as answers in stabbing sought
- Hempfield Area superintendent, business manager quit
- Judge rules Delmont man was not aggressor in assault outside Wal-Mart
- Students visit Franklin Regional days after mass stabbing
- Franklin Regional parent had bullying concerns before knife rampage
- Easter egg hunt planned at Norvelt field
- Vandalizing locks at judge’s office could land man in prison
- Mt. Pleasant taking steps to keep citizens safe
- Franklin Regional staff try to return to normal for students’ return
- Ligonier Valley to buy 3D printer for students
- Greensburg signs up for Westmoreland County land bank