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Dimon Encourages Howard University Students to Maintain Fortitude
Gallery of images and audio from the 147th Charter Day Convocation held on March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2014) - Today, Jamie Dimon, board chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., delivered an inspirational keynote address at Howard University’s 147th Charter Day Convocation in Washington, DC.

“The U.S. is a good example so far of a nation that continues to earn its way -- to learn, to reform, to change and to get better,” Dimon said in his remarks. “Howard is a shining example of that.”

Dimon encouraged students to maintain fortitude as they pursue success. He said his own success was built on cultivating loyalty and on hard work. He said he never worked as hard as he did in the years immediately following college.

“Success is hard. It is not easy,” Dimon said. “Each one of you has an opportunity to be a leader - to bend the arc of history that Martin Luther King spoke about.”

Dimon also underscored the need for successful corporate and government initiatives that support young minority students. He said there may be “an Einstein or a President Obama” among those who fail to graduate from high school.

In 2006, Dimon was named chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, and became chairman one year later. He has led the bank since JPMorgan Chase's merger with Bank One Corporation in 2004. Named Institutional Investor’s CEO of the Year in 2011, Dimon has had a long career in investment banking. He serves on the boards of several corporations and non-profit organizations, including the United Negro College Fund.

This year’s Charter Day celebration marks the 147th anniversary of the charter enacted by Congress, and subsequently approved by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867, which established Howard University.

The 90th Annual Charter Day Dinner will be held at The Washington Hilton hotel on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. (General Reception at 6 p.m.). The University will honor four alumni for their extraordinary accomplishments in their respective fields: Dr. Patricia E. Bath, in the fields of medicine, ophthalmology, and research; T. Eloise Foster, in the field of Public Service; Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., in the field of STEM education; and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., in the fields of medicine, surgery and public health.

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