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Republic Records Founders Monte And Avery Lipman Deliver University At Albany Commencement Address

NEW YORK , May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Republic Records Chairman and CEO Monte Lipman, '86 and President and COO Avery Lipman, '88 returned to their alma mater, University at Albany , to deliver the commencement address at the 169 th ceremony this past Sunday, May 19 th. More than 13,000 attendees, including 2,250 new graduates, congregated on the school's Entry Plaza lawn for the undergraduate commencement ceremony at which the esteemed alumni spoke.

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They opened the address by acknowledging the University's President, Dr. Robert J. Jones , and his background as a former member of the platinum, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental group, Sounds of Blackness.   "It warms our heart to know the school is run by a music man," Monte exclaimed.   They continued by encouraging the graduates to pursue their passion and find success through tenacity and belief in themselves.   Avery concluded the speech with, "if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life".   The Lipman's address was followed by a special surprise performance by The Voice season 3 Winner, Cassadee Pope. View the video here:

About the opportunity to address this year's graduates, Monte states, "As you get older, you realize the importance of school and that period of your life; we value our education and it's an honor to return to our alma mater.   Albany provided a foundation that prepared us well for the future."  

Avery agrees, "While attending Albany, we solidified our love of music; which ultimately became a defining point in our lives and future careers.   We are eternally gracious for the privilege of our higher education."

In addition, the Lipman brothers sought out their football coach Bob Ford , a 40-season veteran at University at Albany who boasts the #1 winningest record among active coaches in Division 1 football. Avery fondly remembered his days on the field and even mentioned how much he treasures his old jersey, which brandishes #1.

As undergrads, Monte and Avery worked at the campus radio station WCDB, the University Concert Board, and the Record Co-op; which they credit as the beginning of their love of the music industry.     


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