President Obama speaks at U of M graduation
May 31, 2010
On May 1, 2010, President Obama had arrived to the University of Michigan to deliver the spring 2010 commencement.  While he was there he received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree. “President Obama has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of many students with his inspiring words of hope and change,” said the U of M news.

Each of the graduates received a certain amount of tickets.  The undergraduates got eight tickets and the graduates received four tickets to give to their family or friends.  Whatever amount of tickets were left, the public got free of cost.  They stressed about how you could not sell the tickets for any kind of money.
Avery G, an 8th grader who attended the graduation, said, “President Obama's speech was really inspiring.  It gave the graduating class a boost!  I like what he had to say.”    

The graduation was held at the University of Michigan football stadium so that it could hold around 40,000 guests.  There were 3,500 graduates for the class of 2010.  Mrs. Butler, 8th grade teacher said, “I thought that President Obama's speech was fabulous! His address wasn't political and was all about hope and life skills.”  Her favorite quote was:
“But the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for out democracy. And so, too, is the practice of engaging in different experiences with different kinds of people... If you grew up in a big city, spend some time with somebody who grew up in a rural town.  If you find yourself only hanging around with people of your own race or ethnicity or religion, include people in your circle who have different backgrounds and life experiences.  You'll learn what it's like to walk in somebody else's shoes, and in the process, you will help to make the democracy work.”
“President Obama has a great sense of humor and the content was solid.  He made a great comment to hang out with people out of your group. Maybe it would create more peace if we stepped out of our box,” said Mrs. Burgess, 8th grade teacher.
There were a lot of protesters outside the stadium.  The protesters were the Tea Party activists from across Michigan.  A lot of their posters said, “Don't be messin' with my rights!”  Mrs Burgess said, “Even though the protesters were annoying, it showed the freedom of expression in the United States of America.”  

President Obama has spoken at many different graduations, including Arizona State University, Notre Dame University and more.