“We are in one of the most exciting, rapidly changing periods in human history,” President Bill Clinton said before hundreds of people gathered Sunday for commencement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. The 42nd president of the United States and founder of the charitable Clinton Foundation delivered a commencement address filled with optimism. Clinton also challenged graduates — to relish diversity and work together.
“Your generation will decide,” Clinton said. “Will diversity be a strength or a problem? Everything else will be background music.”
The former president was a much-anticipated speaker for the Colleges’ commencement that took place on the Hobart Quad. Before Clinton arrived, tucked in a motorcade that quietly moved in behind buildings, graduates and dignitaries prepared for their bagpiper-led procession.
“It’s absolutely amazing. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I can’t wait to see him,” said graduating senior Todd Collier, a history major who plans to be an executive in his family’s food manufacturing business.
Ashley DeLos Santos, a political science and Africana Studies major headed for a career in social justice, said she was also thrilled — though not surprised — Clinton was speaking on this day.
Watch former President Clinton’s full address from Saturday in Geneva below…
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