Tuesday, May 21, 2013

President Barack Obama congratulates valedictorian Betsegaw Tadele

(May 20, 2013, (Atlanta))--President Barack Obama congratulates valedictorian Betsegaw Tadele, GPA 3.99, for academic excellence at Morehouse College on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. Morehouse valedictorian Betsegaw Tadele praised Obama for setting a strong example.

Ethiopian American Betsegaw Tadele, a computer science major at Morehouse College, received when President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at the historically black institution of higher education on Sunday.

at Morehouse College graduation ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday, May 19, 2013. (Morehouse)

Past, present and future came together on a thunderstorm-filled Sunday, as President Barack Obama received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement speech at historically black, all-male Morehouse College, where the Rev. Martin Luther King and many other prominent African-Americans spent their formative years.

After opening with several one-liners, and more smiles than we've seen from him in the damage-control-filled recent weeks, Obama delivered a serious message to the class of 2013.

During a speech rife with both personal and historical references, the president invoked a past full of challenges, often resulting from racism, but noted that African-Americans need to break free from that past to succeed in a globally competitive economy. Read more from CNN »

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