Former President Bill Clinton delivered the commencement address Saturday morning at Loyola Marymount University, urging students to “set the world on fire” with their dreams and passions.
Clinton spoke at the ceremony attended by hundreds of undergraduates. His nephew Tyler Clinton was among them.
He told the Class of 2016 that they were “graduating in the most interdependent age in human history.”
“Whether we like it or not, for the rest of your lives, what happens to you will in some measure be determined by what happens to other people, by how you react to it, how they treat you, how you treat them and what larger forces are at work in the world.”
Former President Bill Clinton delivers the commencement address at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Former President Bill Clinton talks to students after delivering the commencement address.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton watches her husband, Bill, speaking at the commencement ceremony.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Clinton is awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Timothy Law Snyder, Loyola Marymount’s president, left, and Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
New graduates are jubilant at the commencement ceremony.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Family and friends applaud new graduates.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Karen Mary Davalos, professor of Chicano Studies, walking in procession, displays her point of view.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Joe and Sandi Franco embrace while attending the graduation of their son.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
He had been in Los Angeles in recent days campaigning and raising money on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
On Thursday, the candidate appeared at rallies in East Los Angeles to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.
Earlier, she met with African American leaders and headlined a fundraiser hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar. She finished her swing through California on Friday with a rally, a visit to her Oakland field office and a series of fundraisers.
The former senator and secretary of state is still embroiled in a primary fight with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Although California’s primary is still a month away, mail-in ballots already are being distributed and supporters have been dialing voters in hopes of securing their support.