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How are you all doing? Well, let me just tell you, it is beyond a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you today. I want to start by thanking President Krislov for that very kind introduction, as well as all of the trustees, the faculty, the staff here at Oberlin.
I should be here today. Oberlin is likely the only college in America that I could have attended nearly two centuries ago, and I am honored to be part of the extraordinary legacy of this great institution.
I also want to take a moment on this Memorial Day to pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that we could sit here today, at peace, with rights and freedoms that others around the world can only dream of.
I am so proud to honor these American heroes today —- and every day —- for their extraordinary service to our nation. Her moral leadership on behalf of children in this country has inspired me throughout my career, as well as my husband, the President of the United States.
And, graduates, I think we should give another shout-out to your families, of course, all the families. These are the folks who pushed you and supported you. They answered your late-night phone calls even when you were just calling for money.
So on behalf of your students, I just want to show you all some love today, as well. Thank you for creating these fabulous individuals. And finally, most of all, I want to congratulate the Oberlin Class of !
Staying up late writing those papers, studying for exams. Spent hours practicing and performing. And on top of all of that, you spent thousands of hours giving back to this community —- tutoring kids, playing music for seniors, serving food to folks in need, and of course, mentoring the local young people back there -- I see you all -- through the Ninde Scholars Program.
So proud of you all back there. As he mentioned, my office did this wonderful competition to highlight colleges that are helping underserved young people graduate from high school and then go on to higher education.
So by providing tutoring and ACT prep classes, financial aid workshops, and so much more, your Ninde Scholars Program stood out as a shining example of how schools like Oberlin can lift first-generation students into college.
And even amidst the joy and excitement of graduation, I know that you may be feeling some real sadness about leaving this community behind. You may also be feeling some real anxiety about venturing out into the world beyond these walls.
In fact, I think Dr. You prepare to continue your journey on the clamorous highways of life. After being surrounded by people who are so dedicated to serving others and making the world a better place, you might feel a little discouraged by the polarization and gridlock that too often characterize our politics and civic life.
And in the face of all of that clamor, you might have an overwhelming instinct to just run the other way as fast as you can.
You might be tempted to just recreate what you had here at Oberlin -— to find a community of like-minded folks and work with them on causes you care about, and just tune out all of the noise.Ken Burns delivered a sobering call to action to the Washington University in St.
Louis Class of at its th Commencement ceremony May "We broke it, but you've got to fix it," he told some 15, graduates, parents, friends and family members gathered in Brookings Quadrangle. Jun 01, · While we are the generation dedicated to ending bullying, we also are the generation that went from attacking people in person to attacking them behind a screen; those same screens have taken away.
The University of Chicago is dedicated to making undergraduate education available to students from all backgrounds. 's Student Convocation Speeches. Submitted by: Lindsey Simon, Senior Media Editor, I am honored now to be giving a graduation speech at the University of Chicago.
Generation after generation, this country has become more equal, more inclusive, more fair, more free. My life and so many of your lives are a testament of that truth. But that has only happened because folks like all of you left .
CC students are driven to make positive change, and the Class of proved that change begins locally, raising their class gift of $16, Largely directed for general college support, they also designated a portion of the gift to GROW, an organization dedicated to supporting student mental health, honoring their late classmate Emily Spiegel.
Jun 01, · My Graduation Speech So Class of , let's make the best of it, and let's start all over again. For all intents and purposes, it's a brave new world out there and if anyone can make the best of.