World-Touring DJ Henry Fong ‘05 Named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

World-touring DJ Henry Fong ‘05 was named the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus by the Alumni Council at the annual Alumni Luncheon hosted May 4 in Benjamin Hall. Fong, a member of the 14-year club, dedicated his award and speech to his late father Henry Fong Sr., a former Board Member at Benjamin and longtime friend of the School.

Fong, an Electronic Dance Music DJ and producer known for infusing a variety of styles into his EDM tracks began his career in college at the University of Central Florida, before moving to Los Angeles to focus on music production. Fong has since played for audiences of tens of thousands at festivals like Ultra, Electric Zoo and EDC Las Vegas.

Fong spoke to students and guests about the road “less traveled” to his success and the importance of staying true to oneself.

“I think my entire story is a little bit of proof that if you don’t fit in, there’s always hope,” said Fong.

“I felt like when I was here I didn’t fit in anywhere academically, I wasn’t a star athlete, and I had a hard time finding my place in the world . . . It’s okay to be different and pursue a different career path . . . I think I’m lucky to have been part of a close, tight-knit community here at Benjamin. At the time I didn’t really realize it but my first few core supporters throughout my career were friends I made at Benjamin,” said Fong.

Fong joins previous Distinguished Alumnus award recipients including Olympian Ryan Berube ‘92, former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Whitney Cunningham ‘03 and Congressman Tom Rooney ‘89.

See Fong's speech below.


 




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