Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren encouraged the more than 450 graduates of the Keuka College Class of 2018 to raise their voices for positive change both in the streets and at the ballot box during the college’s 110th Commencement on Saturday.
“People from all across our country, both young and old, are marching,” Warren said. “Calling for an end to gun violence, marching to end racial injustice, marching to bring fairness and compassion to our immigration system, marching to bring reform to climate change, marching to end inequities in pay for women, marching for women’s rights, the hashtag-me-too movement, marching because black lives matter, marching because we are the people of the United States of America. And if you, yourself, have been involved in pushing forth your ideas, your beliefs, I say good for you because this is what democracy looks like.
“Graduates of 2018,” Warren continued, “you must realize that your duty in this country is not simply to get a good education. But it is your moral obligation to vote. You are not allowed to sit on the sidelines.”
Rochester’s first female mayor also noted that, among the hundreds of family and friends in attendance, was one of her former elementary school teachers at Holy Family in Rochester, Keuka College alumnae Suzanne Parker Murray (1960), who was celebrating the graduation of her grandson, Ryan Murray.