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Transcript: President Obama’s Full Speech at Rutgers Commencement 2016

Barack Obama

Below is the full transcript of the commencement speech delivered by President Obama at Rutgers 2016 commencement ceremony held on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

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Robert Barchi – 20th President of Rutgers

…the most difficult and potentially catastrophic financial crisis the world has ever witnessed. In subsequent months, he cuts through the Gordian Knot of healthcare reform and he dealt with the natural disasters both here and around the world. During his Presidency, he has championed clean energy, taken a strong action against climate change. And for his entire career, he has been a tireless advocate of social justice and of access for all people to affordable education, quality healthcare, equal employment and real hope for the future. But all of these challenges and President Obama’s leadership in addressing them are well known to everyone in the audience, and if there was ever an occasion where the phrase “no introduction is necessary” was truly an understatement, this is it.

So without further ado, it is great plight and a feeling of deep humility that I have the opportunity to present President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States with his honorary degree.

Barack H. Obama, by the authority bestowed in me by the Boards of Governors and Trustees of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, I am deeply honored to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa with all the rights, responsibilities, privileges and immunities to which it is entitled, and token to this, I present you with this diploma and direct that you be bestowed in the hood emblematic of the degree.

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