Hillary Clinton Praises MEC Graduates in Commencement Speech

Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Thursday, praised graduates at MEC’s 46th commencement for their diversity, grit, ambition and innovation and implored them to take up the unfinished battle for equal rights.

“Make your voices heard every single day,” Mrs. Clinton told the Class of 2017 in her keynote address. “And when they even try to dismiss your lived experiences – maybe they’ll call it identity politics – stand up and say your identity is as important and valuable as the identify of anybody else who lives in the United States of America.”

Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, Mrs. Clinton told graduates that the country has recently endured erosions in the areas of voting rights and education, as well as a rise in bias incidents.

The former First Lady, Senator from New York, Secretary of State, and Democratic Party presidential nominee spoke before more than 900 graduates, elected officials, and thousands of proud families and friends. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, in a presentation presided over by MEC President Rudolph F. Crew and CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. Dozens of journalists filled the arena to capture the occasion.

“This college has been a shining light in Central Brooklyn now for nearly five decades,” Mrs. Clinton told a jubilant audience at Barclays Center. “Part of the CUNY system which is the most remarkable, diverse education system, I think, in the world.”

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