Below is the text of President Obama's remarks at the Arizona State University Commencement, as prepared for delivery. Thank you, President Crow, for that generous introduction, and for your inspired leadership here at ASU. And I want to thank the entire ASU community for the honor of attaching my name to a scholarship program that will help open the doors of higher education to students from every background. That is the core mission of this school; it is a core mission of my presidency; and I hope this program will serve as a model for universities across this country. Now, before I begin, I'd like to clear the air about that little controversy everyone was talking about a few weeks back.
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Former President Barack Obama will be holding a televised graduation event for the high school class of , most of whom are missing their in-person graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Separately, Barack and Michelle Obama will be hosting a virtual commencement celebration in June for the class of Obama have received dozens of requests from around the globe to address graduating classes whose in-person commencement events have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic," the former president's office said in a statement on Tuesday. It will be livestreamed on May 16 at 2 p.
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With the end of his term on the horizon and a successor on the campaign trail, Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, encouraging thousands of mostly black graduates to change the US through civic action and compromise. In the minute address, Obama was equally light-hearted, cracking inside jokes about campus eateries and dormitories, and serious in his charge of graduates to fight for change and justice. The president also urged the younger generation to channel their indignation into action. If you care about mass incarceration, let me ask you, how are you pressuring members of Congress to pass the criminal reform bill now pending before them? In a likely allusion to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, whose rallies have been disrupted by progressive activists , Obama also discouraged graduates from trying to shut down the speeches and events of people they disagree with.
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