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  • West Point Commencement Address
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    West Point Commencement Address

    President Trump delivered the commencement address to the military academy’s 2020 graduating class at West Point. After congratulating the cadets for their achievements, the president took the opportunity to…

  • Defense Sec Esper Addresses Naval Academy Commencement
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    Defense Sec. Esper Addresses Naval Academy Commencement

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper delivered a pre-recorded keynote address at the U.S. Naval Academy virtual commencement ceremony. He spoke about ethical leadership, Chinese and Russian…

  • Joe Biden Delivers Columbia Law Commencement Address
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    Joe Biden Delivers Columbia Law Commencement Address

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe BIden addressed the Columbia University Law School commencement via video. His topics included coming of age during a pandemic.

  • Governor DeWine Delivers Commencement Address at Miami University
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    Governor DeWine Delivers Commencement Address at Miami University

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) talked about the pandemic at the Miami University virtual commencement ceremony in Oxford, Ohio. He gave advice to the graduates about their future in the wake…

  • Smith College Commencement Address
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    Smith College Commencement Address

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the Smith College class of 2020 in a virtual commencement ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. She talked about leadership, women’s rights,…

  • Former President Obama Delivers a Virtual Commencement Address to 2020 HBCU Graduates
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    Former President Obama Virtual Commencement Address to 2020 HBCU Graduates

    Former President Barack Obama gave the commencement address at a virtual ceremony for 2020 graduates of historically black colleges and universities. Among his remarks he criticized U.S. leaders' response to…

  • Commencement Addresses by Random House Authors
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    Commencement Addresses by Random House Authors

    Random House authors Martha Stewart, Wes Moore, David Brooks, Anna Quindlin, George Saunders, Reshma Saujani, Donovan Livingston, and Lauren Graham offered advice to the graduating class of…

  • Houghton College Commencement Address
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    Houghton College Commencement Address

    Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response coordinator, addressed the 2020 graduating class at her alma mater Houghton College in Houghton, New York. She advised the graduates to…

  • President Trump Says Roger Stone Has Very Good Chance of Exoneration
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    President Trump Commencement Address at Hope for Prisoners Graduation

    President Trump delivered remarks and handed out diplomas to graduates of the Hope for Prisoners program, which provides assistance to former inmates. At the start, the president addressed the Roger…

  • Attorney General Barr Addresses FBI National Academy Commencement
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    FBI National Academy Commencement Address

    Attorney General William Barr delivered keynote remarks at FBI National Academy’s graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia. Other speakers included FBI Director Christopher Wray and FBI…

  • President Trump Commencement Speech at US Air Force Academy
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    President Trump Delivers U.S. Air Force Academy Commencement Address

    President Trump delivered the commencement address at the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cadets were shown greeting the president as their names were…

  • Secretary Patrick Shanahan Commencement Speech at Naval Academy
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    Naval Academy Commencement Address

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan delivered the commencement address at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The former Boeing executive served as deputy defense secretary starting…

  • Robert Khuzami Commencement Speech at Boston University Law School
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    Boston University Law School Commencement Address

    Robert Khuzami addressed the graduating class of Boston University Law School. He talked about truth and integrity. Mr. Khuzami, an alum of the law school, served as deputy U.S. attorney in the…

  • Representative Lauren Underwood Commencement Speech at Mills College
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    Mills College Commencement Address

    Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) addressed the 2019 graduating class at Mills College, an undergraduate women’s college in Oakland, California. Representative Underwood is the…

  • Representative Elijah Cummings Commencement Speech at Morgan State University
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    Morgan State University Commencement Address

    House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) delivered the Morgan State University commencement address in Baltimore. He discussed overcoming adversity, standing up for…

  • Cindy McCain Commencement Speech at George Washington University
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    George Washington University Commencement Address

    Cindy McCain, a philanthropist, businesswoman, and the wife of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ), spoke about helping others in need and serving worthy causes, as she addressed the graduating…

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor Commencement Address at Manhattan College
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    Manhattan College Commencement Address

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, returned to her home borough to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Manhattan College and to deliver the…

  • Rod Rosenstein Commencement Speech at Baltimore Law School
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    University of Baltimore Law School Commencement Address

    Two days after he left the Justice Department, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered the University of Baltimore Law School commencement address. In his first public appearance…

  • Stacey Abrams Commencement Speech at American University
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    American University Commencement Address

    Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight Action, and the 2018 Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, delivered American University’s School of Public Affairs commencement address.

  • Senator Josh Hawley Commencement Speech at The Kings College
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    King's College Commencement Address

    Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered the King’s College commencement address in New York City. The former Missouri attorney general once clerked…

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