Hank Aaron delivers commencement address at Marquette

CREATED May 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - It's graduation day for students at Marquette University.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron was there to send them on their way with words of encouragement.

MLB Commissioner and former Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig led his one-time employee to the stage.

"He hit home run number 715, breaking Babe Ruth's seemingly untouchable record," Selig told the crowd.

The 78-year-old Aaron was given an honorary doctorate Sunday. His wife was also in attendance.

"I passed your campus many times, walking to County Stadium in 1954, my rookie year with the Milwaukee Braves," Aaron said to the graduates. "I had no car."3

Hammerin' Hank lived his dream, playing for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.

"For most of us, the realization of our dreams requires a strong, unyielding commitment, hard work and determination," Aaron said.

Aaron tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he often has the same advice for young people who envision a quick trip to the top.

"The one thing I try to tell all these young kids is that there is absolutely no short cut to success," Aaron says.