Kamala Harris tells 2021 graduating class ‘you give me such inspiration’

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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris addresses Immigrant-rights organizations at the ‘Unity Freedom Presidential Forum’ in Pasadena, California on May 31, 2019. – Democratic presidential contenders, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee attended the event.

  • Vice President Kamala Harris congratulated the 2021 graduating class and offered a keynote address.
  • During CNN’s event, Harris applauded high school seniors for persevering through the pandemic.
  • She reminded seniors to use their strength to continue to succeed and help others in the future.
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Vice President Kamala Harris told a group of graduating high school seniors that they inspire her during CNN’s Graduation 2021 event.

“I couldn’t be more proud of you guys,” she told the seniors. “The things that you all have accomplished, you give me such inspiration.”

During her video conference keynote, the vice president commended the graduating class for their ability to succeed and learn about themselves during the pandemic and recounted how young people throughout history have been changemakers and able to propel movements forward.

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“You know exactly what it took to get here. Right in the middle of your junior year, everything seemed to stop… For more than a year you kept going to class, even if it was online. You kept studying, you kept striving, and you made it to this day,” Harris said.

She encouraged them to continue to support each other through future obstacles.

“And there are two things I would like you to remember. One, you now know that you have what it takes to get through pretty much anything. So, when you come up against an obstacle and when you experience a setback – and you will, we all do – remember the resilience that you showed this past year, the determination. Remember you have the strength to get through anything. Two, you do not have to get through anything alone. You are not alone. We are all in this together. When we look out for one another, everybody is better off,” Harris said.

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Historic photo marks the first time 2 women flanked the US president at a speech to Congress

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President Joe Biden arrives to address a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, as Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on.

  • President Joe Biden made his first presidential address to a joint session of Congress.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris, sitting behind him at the rostrum, made history.
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President Joe Biden made his first presidential address to a joint session of Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris, sitting behind him at the rostrum, made history.

The occasion marked the first time that the Speaker of the House and president of the Senate were both women – and the first time that a US president was flanked by two women presiding in those positions during a presidential address.

During the speech, Biden is expected to speak about the progress his administration has made tackling the coronavirus pandemic within his first 100 days. Biden is also set to push the American Families Plan, his administration’s $1.8 trillion legislative package aiming to invest in education, infrastructure, child care, and various labor policies like paid family leave.

Biden is also expected to lay out his vision for economic recovery related to the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked about the moment, Harris said it felt, “normal.”

“Madam Speaker and Madam Vice President,” Biden said as he took to the stage. “No sitting US president has ever said those words. It’s about time!” Biden said.

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