Bill Clinton started off with his speech at the historic Howard University by saying that he was honored to be at the college for the convocation oration.
The former commander-in-chief spoke addressed the students for almost thirty minutes and mainly focused on talking about unity and cooperation.
He gave the example of the Obama Administration during which President Obama along with Hillary Clinton worked together as a singular force in 2008 by putting aside their differences and rivalry.
He said, “One of the things that heartened me was when President Obama asked Hillary to be secretary of state, and she said yes, and they developed this, not just working relationship, but this amazing friendship which I just watched with great interest.”
While addressing the students, former president also told them to be open minded individuals as they entered the work force and also stressed on the importance of global interdependence. He continued by saying, “This whole thing comes down in the end to whether we think the future will be better if we face it with open hands or closed fists. You can't live in a world that is interdependent where the walls come down and borders look more like nets. You can't keep every bad thing out anywhere unless most people believe that what we have in common is more important than our interesting differences.”
Clinton also had a lot of laughs during his speech. He also said that he learned a lot from the commencement speech at his own graduation.
You can watch Bill Clinton’s full-length speech in the video above.