Obama exhorts good deeds by Morehouse graduates
ATLANTA (AP) — President
Barack Obama told graduates of historically black Morehouse College to
seize the power of their example as black men graduating from college
and use it to improve people's lives.
Noting the Atlanta school's
mission to cultivate, not just educate, good men, Obama said graduates
should not be so eager to join the chase for wealth and material things,
but instead should remember where they came from and not “take your
degree and get a fancy job and nice house and nice car and never look
The speech was Obama's second commencement address of the
season, following remarks last Sunday at Ohio State University in
Columbus. His third and final graduation address will come Friday at the
U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
About 500 students received undergraduate degrees on Sunday and became “Morehouse Men.”
the speech, Obama joined about 100 people at a fundraiser at the office
of the foundation of Arthur M. Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and
owner of the Atlanta Falcons.