I demand our young peopleto know that they matter that they belong. So don’t be afraid You hear me? young people don’t be afraid Be focused Be determined Be hopeful Be sanctioned. Empower yourselves with a good education then get out there and use that education to build a country worthyof your boundless predict. Lead by instance with hope; never fear Our greatness has never ever come from sittingback and feeling entitled to what we have It’s never come from tribes whoclimb the ladder of success or who happened to be born near the top andthen pluck the ladder up after themselves No, ah ah Our greatness has always comefrom people who expect nothing and make good-for-nothing for granted. Kinfolks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them. Success isn’t about how your life inspects to others it’s about how it feels to you.We realize that being successfulisn’t about being impressive It’s about being inspired and and that’s what it means to be your true self. It makes inspecting inside yourself and is sincere about what you trulyenjoy do because grads I can predict you that you will never be happyplodding through someone else’s idea of success. Success is only meaningful and delightful if it feels like your own. You should never consider yourchallenges as a hindrance. Instead it’s important for you to understand that your experience facingand overcome sorrow is actually one of your biggest both advantages and I know that because I’ve seen it myself Not just as a student workingmy path through school but years later when I, after I came, before I came to the White House and Iworked as a dean at a college.In that role I encounteredstudents who had every advantage. Their parents paid their full tuition, they lived in beautiful campus dormitories they had every material possession a college kidcould require; automobiles, computers, spending money. But when some of them got their firstbad gradation, they are only fell apart they lost it because they were ill-equippedto handle their first encounter with letdown or falling short But graduates, as you all know Life will give many obstacles in your paththat are far worse than a bad position. You’ll, you’ll have excessive bossesand difficult clients and cases. Youll experience ailments andlosses, junctures and disappointments that will come out of nowhereand knock you off your hoof. but unlike so many other young people you have already developed theresilience and the maturity that you need to pick yourself up and dustyourself off and keep moving through the agony keep moving forward.You may be feeling some real nervousnes about venturing out into theworld beyond these walls And I’m not gonna keep lying to you for many of you this is goingto be a pretty big transition. In fact, I envisage Dr. Martin Luther King described it well in his commencementaddress in 65 where reference is said quote today you bid farewell to the safesecurity of the academic environment you prepare to continue your journeyon the clamorous highways of life. We all feel at times a little bit lost and we all have some kind of emptinessthat we’re searching to crowd and often “its only” through serving others thatwe find what’s been missing in our own lives.And like so many of you through service I was able to find whatI needed and carve a path for my life that truly felt like my own. And the truth is, those seminarswhere you explored new ideas those late-night conversationswhere you challenged each other and learned from each other, after all of that. You might find yourself a little dismayedby the clamor outside these walls the name-calling, the negative ads, the tribes squealing at each other on TV the ability of developing the future.I only want to pause fora moment on the word invent because the term- phraseisn’t, succeed in the future it’s not plan for the future or dothe best you can in the future. it’s invent the future. and with those three wordscomes a simple message a call to chart your own courseand live man on your own terms. and that’s a lesson that I firstlearned back when I was a boy. And some of you may havegrown up like I did in neighborhoods where kids had -very fewof them- had the chance to go to college where being tantalized for doing wellin school, was just a fact of life where well-meaning but misguided folksquestioned whether a girl with my background could get into the kinds ofcolleges I dreamed of attending.After being surrounded by people who are so dedicated to dishing others andmaking the world a better place You might feel a littlediscouraged by the polarization and standstill that too often characterizesour politics and communal life-time. And in the face of all that clamor You might have an overtaking ability tojust moved the other way as fast as you can. You is likely to be dared to find acommunity of like-minded folks and working in collaboration with them on justifications you careabout and exactly tune out all of the noise.I worked hard and I did my bestto tune out those singers of disbelieve including the ones inside my own chief And eventually, I was accepted to Princeton and I came that education thatmy dad had always “ve been dreaming about”. But the truth is graduates, there will always be kinfolks who make assumptionsabout you, based on superficial things like where you’re from or what you’re wearingor how you ogle There will always be tribes who adjudicate youbased on only one thing that you say or do folks who define you basedon one isolated incident. I want to urge you to do time the opposite. Today, I want to suggest that if you genuinely wish to carry on the Oberlin legacyof service and social justice Then you need to run to andnot away from the noise.Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked residences you can find. Because so often throughout our history those have been the placeswhere progress actually happens. The the locations where sentiment arechanged, beings changed. In the end, people can onlydefine you if you give them. In the end, It’s up to eachof us to define ourselves. It’s up to each of us to devise our own future with the choices we makeand the actions we take. To succumb to feelings of despair andanger only meant that in the end we lose. Those feelings are not an excuse tojust throw up our hands and give up. Not an condone, they are notan excuse to lose hope. But here’s the thing our history provides us with a better floor a better idea for how we can win.It teaches us that when we pull ourselvesout of the lowest feelings depths and we direct our frustrations intostudying and organizing and banding together then we can build ourselves and our communities up. we can take on those deeprooted problems and together together we can overcomeanything that is currently in our course. Good-for-nothing, and I convey nothing is going tostop you from fulfilling your dreams. And you deserve every last one of thesuccesses that I know you will have. But I too want to be very clear that withthose successes comes a define of obligations To share the lessons you’velearned here at this school.The obligation to use the opportunitiesyou’ve had to help others. That means raising your hand when youget a seat in that board meeting and expecting the question Well, whosevoices aren’t being heard here? What opinions are we missing? It wants contributing your voiceto our national conversation spoke out for our mostcherished significances of liberation opportunity, inclusion and respect the valuesthat you’ve been living here at this institution. It symbolizes contacting back to help young people who’vebeen left out and left behind helping them prepare for college, helping them pay for college. So I require you all to go out there be great, constructed great animations for yourself enjoy the liberties that youhave in this great country seek your own version of merriment. And satisfy, please, always, ever do your constituent to help others do the same ..