Pomp and Circumstances: Commencement speeches prove to be a powerful political platform

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Activist Linda Sarsour made waves with her controversial commencement speech at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Pomp and Circumstances: Commencement speeches prove to be a powerful political platform

Pomp and Circumstance: New York officials give 2017 commencement speeches
June 12, 2017

About 100 students at the University of Notre Dame walked out of their own graduation ceremony in protest of the commencement speaker, Vice President Mike Pence. However, Pence was not the only high-profile politician to address the class of 2017. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and a host of New York officials also graced various stages across the Empire State.

“It is WE who make America great, in solidarity and in love.” – Linda Sarsour

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