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Obama to headline prime-time TV commencement

(5 May 2020) Former President Barack Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the high school Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others.
  
ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will simultaneously air the special May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners, according to the announcement Tuesday from organizers.
  
Several high school students from Chicago public schools and the Obama Youth Jobs Corps will join, as will the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe and H.E.R.
  
The event is titled “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It's hosted by the education advocacy group XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation.
  
Obama will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption of school life, especially for seniors who have missed out on their milestone rites of passage.

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ASU President MIchael Crow talks about rumors of possible retirement

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Obama at ASU Commencement Speech with intro by Michael Crow

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President Barack Obama at the 2014 UC Irvine Commencement

(Visit: President Barack Obama addresses the University of California, Irvine’s 2014 graduating class. The President challenges the graduates to get involved in one of our planet's most pressing issues: the growing threat of a rapidly changing climate. Recorded on 06/14/2014. [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 28579]
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Why is China a significant focus for ASU? | Arizona State University

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University talks about the significant impact China has on ASU. One of ASU's most important design aspects is global engagement. We look at China as a primary place to build connections and linkages to help improve our future.

Congratulations #ASUgrad Class of 2016! | Arizona State University

Proud Sun Devil families celebrate the accomplishments of their graduates before the commencement ceremony on May 9, 2016.

Parents get emotional as they equate their student to being their hero. Whether first generation graduates, transfer student graduates, or 3rd generation Sun Devils, all of our students deserve to cherish these memories and this accomplishment.

Congratulations to Arizona State University's Class of 2016!

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#ASUgrad Class of 2020 Video Yearbook: Arizona State University (ASU)

The bonds you’ve made, the memories you’ve shared, the confidence you’ve gained — these are the rewards of four years of hard work and the things that make you a Sun Devil. This video is just the beginning, combining student highlights, cultural moments and important university milestones. Congratulations, #ASUgrad Class of 2020! You did it!

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Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s most innovative school, Arizona State University is where students and faculty work with NASA to develop, advance and lead innovations in space exploration. ASU graduates more than 20,000 thinkers, innovators and master learners every year. Take a deeper look at how ASU is building the next generation of leaders at

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President Obama at UC Irvine Commencement 2014

President Barack Obama spoke at UC Irvine's Commencement celebration at Angel Stadium June 14, 2014. More than 6,000 students were encouraged to choose hope over cynicism as 30,000 family members and friends cheer them on. He punctuated his speech on climate change with a hearty Zot! Zot! Zot! More:

The event marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's dedication of campus land.
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ASU Commencement 2016 at Chase Field | Arizona State University

“Don’t believe for one second that there is a future that’s any less than the present, that there’s a future that’s not fantastic for you. ... Build the world we all want — a world that is fair, just, creative, meaningful — and do not let anyone stop you.”
— ASU President Michael Crow

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ASU Graduate Commencement 2017 | Arizona State University

Today is the best day that our species has had. Overcome your fear, be brave and focus your energy on creativity.
— ASU President Michael Crow
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Spring 2020 Honors Recognitions and Conferral of Degrees: Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU President Michael Crow and Provost Mark Searle recognize graduates with Latin honors, recipients of the Moeur award and graduating members of the ROTC and armed services. Then, by virtue of the authority vested in him by the Arizona Board of Regents, and on the recommendation of the faculty of ASU, President Crow confers the appropriate doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees upon the #ASUgrad Class of Spring 2020.

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Opening Remarks: Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

The Age of Participation:

Remarks: Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

We live in an age of participation, where an unprecedented number of citizens—men and women, rich and poor—can express their own opinions, pursue their own educations, and launch their own enterprises. As ideas and information travel greater lengths and at faster speeds, the very process of social change has transformed. How can young people most effectively address global challenges in this age of participation? How can we harness technology as a force for good, and what are its limitations? This panel will bring together students, celebrities, and entrepreneurs to speak to the promises and challenges of bringing forth positive change in an age of participation.

Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement: Arizona State University (ASU)

Welcome to ASU’s first-ever virtual commencement! The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired. As our undergraduate and graduate students know from what they have accomplished, adaptation, perseverance and innovation are part of what the university experience is all about.

Today we celebrate all that the Spring #ASUgrad Class of 2020 has achieved. This virtual ceremony includes an address from ASU President Michael Crow, a look back at the last four years and remarks from the Arizona Board of Regents, the ASU Alumni Association and student government leaders. In addition, there are messages from ASU alumna and former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Thunderbird alumnus and President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno. The ceremony concludes with an amazing a cappella performance of the ASU Alma Mater song by the Devil Clefs.

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Barack Obama at Arizona State University (ASU): Dare to dream

Arizona State University's 2008 commencement featuring key note speaker President Barack Obama. This 2 minute look at the ceremony highlights the president message.
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A moment of inspiration | Arizona State University

As one year comes to a close and another begins, ASU President Michael Crow reflects on a cold Christmas Eve 50 years ago, when Apollo 8 orbited the moon and a moment of inspiration would alter the course of his life and the future of Arizona State University.

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President Obama: Arizona State Commencement

The President gives remarks at Arizona State University's Commencement. May 13, 2009. (Public Domain)

Spring 2020 Commencement Address: Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU President Michael Crow welcomes the #ASUgrad Class of 2020 and their families and friends to the university’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony, as they join the ASU community to make history during the most special of annual traditions. Though the format is different, it does not diminish the pride felt in the accomplishments of our graduates or define the years of hard work, new experiences and great memories shared.

President Crow’s address touches on the university’s charter, his gratitude for the ASU community and the mentors who support student success, and a singular lesson we can learn from the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus: preparation is everything.

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Barack Obama graduation speech: Arizona State University (ASU)

President Michael Crow introduces President of the United States, Barack Obama, as he addresses the 2009 graduating class with words of wisdom. President Obama warns about chasing titles in the midst of the financial crisis and encourages graduates to pursue passions in order to contribute to a better world. He teaches that a focus on outwards markers of success can lead to the complacency that has lead the world into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Instead, we should leave the legacy of innovation and discovery to advance research, as well as assume responsibility over the economic, social and cultural health of our world.

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