Politicians, often blessed with the gift of the gab, are rarely shy about sharing stories about how they got to where they are.
And some of them will be sharing their wisdom and inspiration at graduation ceremonies, beginning next month. Students wrapping up their college or graduate school experiences can expect to hear about following their dreams or — considering the number of Trump critics among the speakers — what not to do.
Some members will speak to graduates at their alma maters, while others are visiting schools in their states or districts. A couple will be speaking to students at Harvard.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will deliver the commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley on May 12. Harris graduated from Howard University and the UC Hastings College of the Law, but her parents met as grad students at Berkeley.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has two gigs this year on the same day. He will speak at Virginia State University’s afternoon commencement ceremony on May 12, and then give the keynote address at William & Mary. Warner graduated from George Washington University and Harvard Law.
Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., who is retiring after this term, will speak at University of Massachusetts Lowell’s commencement on May 19. Tsongas graduated from Smith College and Boston University law school.
Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., will give the keynote address at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs commencement on June 15. Chu is a UCLA alumna, and earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.
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