NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– For a couple thousand Yale students, it all came down to Monday. Commencement brought lots of people and lots of traffic to downtown New Haven.
President Barack Obama will be flying in to give the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London Wednesday. The president’s visit comes on the heels of another leader’s visit.
Vice President Joe Biden was in our state Sunday to talk the future with Yale students. For a couple thousand of those students, it all finishes today with commencement.
Here’s how it works. Yale University has a bunch of different schools, the undergraduate school, law school, medical school, etc. Each one had its own class day over the past weekend where they had a speaker, and each graduate’s name got called.
So when it comes to the main graduation, there is no speaker, and certainly no time to call each person’s name. The names you will hear will be of a handful of famous people who will be given honorary degrees. They come from all walks of life. Some will be academics, but others may be entertainers or artists. They don’t give speeches. Those were all given over the past couple days.
At the undergraduate class day, the speaker was Vice President Joe Biden. He talked about how his time in Washington has taught him not to judge a person’s motives, and he encouraged grads to get to know the people with whom you disagree.
“Build real relationships. Eat with people with whom you vehemently disagree. You’ll not only be happier, you will be more successful,” said Biden.