You might wonder what this has to do with BN or UCLA, but Mr. McCourt was the commencement speaker in 2000 at the Arts and Humanities graduation, of which I was a member. Mr. McCourt was inspiring and humorous in his speech, and Mr. BB remarked, "You will never forget who was your commencement speaker. I don't remember mine at all." For the record, it was a woman whose research in life sciences were well regarded.
For more on Mr. McCourt's life, you can read here. May he rest in peace.