Gwen Ifill, who is a best-selling author and senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour, was the primary speaker at the 176th Commencement.
She told graduates that they are now “called to a mission” and must learn to speak up for others who cannot speak for themselves.
“Your experience here is only the beginning. You are educated. You are officially members of the elite. But you are not complete until you acknowledge that it is what’s in your soul that will determine your success,” said Ifill, “Say yes to opportunity, to the chance to change the world, to the goals that seem just out of reach … especially when people tell you no.”