Joining "fellow members with the proud mother and father club," Vice President Biden told 150 graduates from the University of Pennsylvania School of Interpersonal Policy and Practice Monday night that every can serve being a beacon of optimism in tough times.
"The point that I really like about you all . . . is which you believe in possibilities, the possibility you could make issues superior," he explained. He named that belief the "fuel" that has ignited interpersonal change.
Biden's daughter Ashley Biden, 28, received a kiss for the cheek from her father when she went onstage at Irvine Auditorium to accept her master's degree in social work. She was one of the dozen graduates receiving a John Hope Franklin Combating American Racism award. She specialized in macro interpersonal work with an interest in juvenile justice, poverty, and education.
Just previous to 6 p.m., about 1,250 relatives and good friends of graduates started filing in by means of metal detectors and past bag-checking officers and a minimum of one K-9 unit. The college, which has about 400 full-time and part-time students, is celebrating its centennial.
A few months back, the school's dean, Richard J. Gelles, approached Ashley Biden about having one of her father and mother speak on the commencement. Ashley Biden agreed, Gelles stated, that it can be good to possess her father speak.
Gelles claimed the dual role of father speaking to his graduating daughter and politician who has handled "many high-profile social-justice issues," for example the Violence Against Ladies Act in 1994, ought to make for an excellent speaker.
Biden explained alter comes through "one policy, one person, in a time," and made reference for the VAWA by saying: "One woman in a time."
He stated aspect of his optimism stemmed from the election of Barack Obama, the nation's primary African American president. For the inauguration in January 2009, Obama boarded a train in Philadelphia and picked up Biden at the station in Wilmington for that ride to Washington.
"I waited being picked up by a black guy, a black man," Biden explained. "A guy who 40 years back could have not been in a position to stand at that platform in that surroundings."
Biden finished by saying that his late mother would have told the graduates that they're about to try and do God's do the job. "So go do it, do it nicely," he said to some standing ovation.