18 Nov Philadelphia University's 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker: Julius “Dr. J” Erving, H'17
In the PhilaU undergraduate Commencement keynote address, titled “How Rams Win in the 21st Century,” basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving told PhilaU graduates and proud family and friends in attendance, “Innovation means you’re playing offense, not defense.”
“You cannot wait for your destiny to become a matter of chance,” urged Erving, widely regarded as the greatest player of his time and an all-star who changed the way the game was played. “You must always keep it as a matter of choice.”
Erving, who scored an astounding 30,026 points in his combined ABA-NBA career and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. “You’re a true innovator and team player,” said Anthony Vitullo Jr. ’97, a member of the PhilaU Board of Trustees.