MILWAUKEE -- Baseball legend Hank Aaron didn't have it easy on his way to the top, and he's telling new graduates not expect any handouts either.
"For most of us, the realization of our dreams requires a strong, unyielding commitment, hard work and determination," Aaron said at Marquette University's commencement ceremony Sunday.
"I passed your campus many times, walking to County Stadium in 1954, my rookie year with the Milwaukee Braves," Aaron recalled. "I had no car."
Hammerin' Hank went on to play for the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers and to set Major League records for home runs, total bases, extra-base hits and RBIs.
"The one thing I try to tell all these young kids is that there is absolutely no short cut to success," Aaron told Milwaukee's WTMJ.
Aaron was named National League MVP in 1957. Over two decades, he was named to 25 All-Star teams and won three Golden Gloves, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, Marquette bestowed Aaron with one more honor - an honorary doctorate degree.
(WTMJ Milwaukee contributed to this report.)