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President Biden delivered a commencement address on Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, for their 2022 graduation ceremony.
Biden, who graduated from college in 1965, spoke to the graduating class about his history in college before his political career and his hopes for future generations of Blue Hens.
The president spoke at length about his time at college, recalling, “I once walked around this campus like you did. I took the classes in the same classrooms you took .the best and most important years of my life have been here.”
Speaking of recent struggles in the United States, Biden pointed to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were shot by a lone gunman.
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“In the face of such destructive forces, we have to be stronger. We have to be stronger,” Biden told the audience. “We can’t ban tragedy, I know that, but we can make America safer. We can finally do what we have to protect people’s lives and our children’s lives.”
Biden stressed the importance of the next generation in defining American identity and deciding what values the country will hold in the future.
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“It is your generation, more than anyone else, that will have to answer the question, who are we? What do we stand for? What do we believe? Who will we be?” Biden asked.
At one point, Biden recalled his time teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, saying that at this point in his life he had no desire to run for office again after the death of his son Beau. .
The president went on to say that it was the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 that inspired him to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
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“Progress in our country has always been met with fierce recoil from America’s oldest and darkest forces,” Biden told the audience. “We shouldn’t be surprised to see these same forces fighting again, preying on hopelessness and hopelessness, demonizing people who don’t look like them, doing everything, however desperately, to retain power.”
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