Dave McGillivray Delivers
Commencement Address at Merrimack College, Encourages Students to Accomplish
2012) ÛÓ Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray urged graduates of Merrimack
College recently to find their passion and be an “accomplisher.”
“Isn’t that what we all
want to be and to do?” said McGillivray, President and Founder of DMSE Sports
who has raised millions for charity. “Set goals, work hard and accomplish
something, anything. Pretty simple, huh?
Nothing, I mean nothing, can make you feel better than that. Do something
the commencement address to Merrimack College graduates at the school’s 62nd
commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, and also received an Honorary Degree
of Doctor of Public Service from his alma mater.
A graduate of Merrimack himself, McGillivray last addressed graduates as the valedictorian of his class in 1976.
After giving up his boyhood dream of playing
second base for the Boston Red Sox, McGillivray said he discovered later in
life that what he really was most passionate about what being an
“There is no reason not
to follow your heart. Just try. Don’t
settle for less. Find what you love,”
said McGillivray, who counts two cross-country runs among his inspirational
feats to raise money for charity. “I am convinced that the greatest single
determinant of your success will be passion.
Passion has driven me towards all of the best decisions in my life. All that it takes is a little courage and a
McGillivray also told
the students “just being here was a defining moment in my lifeÛ¢Defining
moments, they happen all the time to us. You just have to recognize and
take advantage of them. When I walked out these doors myself, I began to
realize that there really was no end to education. It is not that you read a
book, pass an exam and you are finished with education. The whole of life, from
the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learningÛ¢ As I
walked out those doors, I realized how fortunate I was simply to get an
educationÛ¢I trust just like you do. Not everyone gets that chance. In fact, all
of us here today have something in common – we woke up this morning. Not everyone
else did. We are truly blessed and are the lucky ones.”
graduates to live their lives by their own rules.
“My mantra has always
been, ‘It is my game, so it is my rules.’ I have learned to do what I want, not
what others may want me to do. Our time is limited here, so don’t waste
it living someone else’s life,” he said.
McGillivray, a Medford,
Mass., native who lives in North Andover, Mass., is president and founder of
DMSE, Inc. ÛÓ Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, also known as DMSE Sports. Now in its 31st year, DMSE Sports
specializes in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic
events throughout the U.S. and abroad. DMSE (www.dmsesports.com) manages more than 30 races a year,
including the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine, the New
Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race and the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wis.