- Riley told students that they have the power and the duty to shape growth, to set the rules. "It is all about excellence, embracing excellence and rejecting mediocrity in our built environment."
- As Riley concluded his speech, he urged graduates and fellow students to be engaged in these decisions in their town and city.
Winthrop University, "Charleston Mayor Urges Graduates to Get Involved" (2005). Winthrop News 2005. 111.