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Friday, January 21, 2022

Biden Praises South Carolina Alumni In Opening Address

However, Mr Biden told alumni that his administration, which includes a historically black college senior vice president Kamala Harris, has already invested billions of dollars in historically black colleges and universities. and will provide billions of dollars more. “I’m ready to do everything in my power to fulfill America’s promise to all Americans, to all of you,” he said.

The crowds that greeted Mr Biden’s motorcade from Columbia, South Carolina to the South Carolina state campus included groups of protesters and supporters of former President Donald Trump, who won South Carolina in 2020 by losing the election to Mr Biden. Inside the small arena that hosted the gala event, where the vast majority of alumni and visitors were black, Biden found a friendlier audience. “Come on, Joe!” someone shouted as he stepped onto the stage.

The appearance of the incumbent president at the fall graduation ceremony was exclusively the work of Mr. Cliburn, who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1961 but did not cross the stage to receive his diploma. The school invited him to do so this year to celebrate 60 years of graduation and give the keynote speech. But Mr. Cliburn had a better idea, he told the alumni.

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He called Cedric Richmond, director of Mr. Biden’s Office of Public Affairs, to tell him he was going to graduate class to get his diploma and needed help finding a speaker.

“I told him,” Cliburn said, “I think it would be great to get a degree from the President of the United States, Joe Biden.”

He said that Biden agreed immediately.

Mr. Cliburn urged alumni to thank their parents and other supporters for their college journey. He also preached resilience, recounting how he lost three congressional applications before finally getting his seat.

Mr. Biden drew a similar picture, telling the crowd how he was “fired upon” in the first two contests of the 2020 campaign and fought in the third, South Carolina, before Mr. Cliburn offered his support.

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