Class of 2021 VP Kamala Harris: ‘You’ve got the strength to go through anything’

“Now you know you have what it takes to get through just about anything. So when you run into an obstacle, when you run into a setback – and you will, we all do – remember to the resilience you showed. Last year. Determination. Remember you have the strength to go through anything, “Harris said on” Graduation 2021: A CNN Special Event “airing Sunday night. “You don’t have to go through anything alone. You are not alone. We are all in the same boat and when we care about each other everyone is better. “

The special, hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Don Lemon, comes as many schools across the country plan virtual ceremonies for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. While some schools are finding safe ways to ensure the show continues, others are again opting for remote events with the hope that in-person ceremonies will return next year.

During the event, Harris also spoke with four student leaders from across the United States about his pride in what the class of 2021 has accomplished, telling them, “You give me such inspiration.”

“What’s up in Oakland? Harris said with a chuckle to Ahmed Muhammad, a graduate of Oakland Technical High School. Muhammad, the first black Valedictorian in his school, thanked Harris and told the vice president that he had included parts of his historic phrase “I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. “in his graduation speech.

“That’s exactly it, that’s exactly it. And I said it in my speech. That’s advice my mom gave me. She said you know, ‘Kamala, maybe you are. be the first to have a lot of things, but make sure you’re not the last. “Harris remembers.” Sometimes you’re going to be in a room and you’ll feel like you’re the only one like you The only one who looks like you or the only one to have lived your life but what I want you all four to remember and you have to hear me on that, we will all be in this room with you. “

The prime-time special also featured posts from Kim Kardashian West, Kristen Bell, Loren Gray, Brianne Howey, Ludacris, Candace Parker, Shaquille O’Neal, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Dwyane Wade, Russell Wilson, Matthew McConaughey. , Jessica Alba. and Addison Rae.

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