“America is the place where you can make it if you try,” President Obama told graduates at Miami Dade College on Friday. His commencement speech was cheered by the crowd at one of the nation’s largest and most diverse colleges, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The president said:
. . . I believe that community colleges like this one are critical pathways to the middle class that equip students with the skills and the education necessary to compete and win in this 21st-century economy. And that’s why I’ve made community colleges a centerpiece of my education agenda, along with helping more students afford college. I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done in community colleges. And your accomplishment today is vital to America reclaiming the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. So I am proud of you.
Many graduates have overcome obstacles and doubts to fulfill their family’s dreams, President Obama said. “This is their day, too. This is their day, too.”
The president said he supports the “Dream Act,” which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented high school graduates who go on to college or the military. He blamed Congress for refusing to pass the bill. He also pledged to work on comprehensive immigration reform.