Bryant University commencement speaker urges students to develop their ‘emotional quotient’

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Reaching past the standard maxims that are a fixture of so many graduations, prominent banker Richard W. Fisher quoted his mother Saturday at Bryant University’s 151st commencement, during which 754 undergraduates received their degrees:

“Never let your brains go to your head,” is what Magnhild Andersen Fisher told her children, Fisher said.

Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets national monetary policy, spoke of “the exquisite pearls of wisdom” his mother bestowed on him and his brother, Michael E. Fisher, a 1967 Bryant graduate and outgoing chairman of the school’s board of trustees.

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