Barack Obama's Message To School Leavers

Former United States President, Barack Obama, gave a heartwarming message and words of encouragement to the class of 2020. In his speech, he gives some advice to the new generation that will deal with the impact of Covid-19.

In his speech, Obama speaks of how proud he is of everyone in the graduating class of 2020, and goes on to say  "Graduating is a big achievement under any circumstances".

He takes note of how throughout their school careers, American learners have had to overcome the pressures of social media, school shootings and climate change.

They once looked forward to proms senior nights, graduation ceremonies and parties, but now at the end of their school careers, their world has been turned upside down by a pandemic.

Obama taps into the reality of the pandemic, reminding the class of 2020 that they will have to grow up faster than other generations. Covid-19 has created more inequalities in healthcare, racial and financial matters.

Graduation now marks a new passage into adulthood, and we now live in a world where society & democracy will only work if we think about others. 

"If the world is gonna get better, it's gonna be up to you"

He gives some advice to help the current generation set the world on a different path:

1) Don't be afraid - A new generation learns from past mistakes & does better.

2) Do what you think is right - ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, responsibility, hard work, fairness, generosity and respect for others.

3) Build a community - Stand up for one another's rights, leave the divides behind

In his final piece of advice, he reminds the class of 2020 to "Listen to the truth that's inside yourself even when it's hard". 


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