Tag: Commencement Speeches

Trump’s Tulsa Rally Endangers His Supporters

Once again, President Trump is taking heat for treating the presidency like a branding exercise. This time, instead of brandishing a Bible he doesn’t read next to a church he doesn’t attend, the president is resuming huge, made-for-TV campaign rallies. The first is set for Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. It will take place in a […]

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Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions

President Trump faced new questions about his health on Sunday, after videos emerged of him gingerly walking down a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and having trouble bringing a glass of water to his mouth during a speech there. Mr. Trump — who turned 74 on Sunday, the oldest a U.S. […]

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Trump Made Inaccurate Claims About the Military During His West Point Speech

President Trump oversold his administration’s military record in a commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday. Here’s a fact-check of his claims. What Was Said “To ensure you have the very best equipment and technology available, my administration has embarked on a colossal rebuilding of the American armed forces, […]

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Latest Crop of West Point Graduates Includes First Observant Sikh Cadet

WASHINGTON — When President Trump takes the stage on Saturday to deliver the commencement speech at West Point, one of the new Army officers he will be addressing will be an Indian-American woman breaking a barrier as old as the 218-year-old military academy. The woman, Anmol Narang, 23, a newly minted second lieutenant, will become […]

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Graduating West Point Cadets Isolate for Two Weeks Ahead of Trump Speech

WASHINGTON — The graduating cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point have lived in Covid-19 quarantine for the past two weeks, confined to their dorms, wearing masks and watching Zoom conferences on leadership as they wait for President Trump to speak at their commencement on Saturday. Sent home in March because of […]

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General Milley Apologizes for Trump Photo Op Role

WASHINGTON — The country’s top military official apologized on Thursday for taking part in President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square for a photo op after the authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the area of peaceful protesters. “I should not have been there,” Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint […]

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Message for Graduates: ‘Be Brave. Be Kind.’

E.L. Doctorow was born and grew up in the Bronx, where in the 1940s, he attended the Bronx High School of Science, a top public school founded in 1938 whose entrance requirements were stringent even then. He did not become a scientist, but as the author of “The Book of Daniel,” “Ragtime,” “World’s Fair,” “Billy […]

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What Now? Advice for the Class of 2020

June 10, 2020 Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and other luminaries on how to move forward with conviction and hope. Text and Illustrations by Gillian Goerz ImageCredit…Gillian Goerz for The New York Times Cap and gown, check. Diploma, check. Mask? Protest sign? Check and check. This year’s graduation is unlike any we’ve seen before — […]

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Ivanka Trump Blames ‘Cancel Culture’ After College Pulls Her Commencement Speech

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter, said she had been the victim of “viewpoint discrimination” and “cancel culture” after a community college in Kansas removed her from a lineup of commencement speakers. Officials at Wichita State University Tech decided to cancel the airing of Ms. Trump’s prerecorded speech at the virtual ceremony, scheduled […]

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The Class of 2020 Is Missing Out, and So Are Politicians

The event comes with a captive audience of thousands — Republicans, Democrats, “apolitical” relatives, little siblings too young to vote. Everybody sits trapped in their bleacher seats. After 20 minutes, they dutifully applaud. For a politician, a commencement speaking gig offers the kind of advertising that money can’t buy. “You have people of all different […]

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15 West Point Cadets Test Positive for Coronavirus

At least 15 of the graduating cadets who returned to West Point ahead of President Trump’s commencement speech in June tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a U.S. Army spokeswoman. None of those cadets had coronavirus symptoms, and the virus had not spread from them to any other cadets among the class of 1,106 […]

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‘Where Are They?’: Biden Criticizes G.O.P. Over Trump’s Firing of Inspectors General

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday blasted the Republican response to President Trump’s firings of a string of inspectors general in recent weeks, suggesting that in another era there would have been louder bipartisan criticism for ousting watchdogs. His remarks, part of a virtual round table aimed at a Wisconsin audience, came […]

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Watch Barack Obama’s Commencement Speech

Former President Barack Obama is set to give separate virtual commencement speeches to graduating college and high school seniors on Saturday in his first public addresses to a national audience during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Obama’s words are expected to draw much interest at a time when his successor in the Oval Office, President Trump, […]

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Read Oprah’s Commencement Speech to the 2020 ‘Pandemic Class’

Hugging friends? Nope. Class photos? Afraid not. Instead, in place of the usual pomp and circumstance, Oprah Winfrey on Friday asked America’s graduates — the “pandemic class,” she called them — to consider what their “essential service” in this world would be. With a critical phase of their lives upended by the pandemic, the class […]

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A Star-StuddVirtual Graduation: Livestreaming Today

Here are a few of the best events happening Friday through Wednesday and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Star-Studded Graduation Event for the Class of 2020 Friday at 2 p.m. on Facebook No one’s ever had a commencement ceremony quite like this. On Friday, Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak of “The Office” […]

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Barack Obama to Celebrate Graduating Seniors in at Least 3 Events

Graduating seniors across the United States who are missing traditional commencement events because of the coronavirus pandemic have had stars step up to fill the void. Last month, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would address seniors; the very next day, LeBron James said he was organizing a prime-time special for graduates. Now, former President Barack […]

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Oprah Winfrey to Give Commencement Address on Facebook

They will not get to share in the memories synonymous with college graduation — the collective tossing of caps, the hugs from friends and the walk across the stage to get their diplomas. They will get Oprah Winfrey, who Facebook said this week will address graduates in a virtual commencement ceremony on May 15. “This […]

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Trump Commencement Address Summons West Point Cadets Back to Campus

WASHINGTON — For President Trump, who adores the pomp and precision of military ceremonies, this was the year he would finally get one of the special perks of being president — delivering the commencement address at West Point, the only service academy where he has not spoken. But the graduation was postponed because of the […]

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Cap and Gone? College Commencements Confront the Coronavirus

The University of Michigan on Friday canceled its commencement planned for May over fears of the coronavirus — one of what is likely to be many such college ceremonies to be reconsidered in the face of the pandemic. The ceremony, which was to be held May 2 at Michigan Stadium and feature former Vice President […]

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