Nancy Pelosi Gives Virtual Commencement Address For Smith College

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In Smith College's first ever virtual commencement address, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi advised the graduating class to know their power.

On Sunday, May 17th, Speaker Pelosi congratulated the graduates of the school's 142nd class in an online video streamed on the Smith College website.

"Graduates, this is your moment, your success, your achievement," said Pelosi. "Your degrees have been carved by hard work, late nights, and juggled responsibilities."

While the graduates would be starting a new chapter during "a time of extraordinary uncertainty," Pelosi said they have the advantage of a Smith education, and the "resilience, courage, and perseverance you've honed these past four years."

Pelosi, the first woman to hold the position of Speaker of the House, told the all-women's college graduates that they follow in the footsteps of some trailblazing women, in the year that women celebrate 100 years since winning the right to vote.

"In the tradition of these iconoclasts and visionaries who came before," said Pelosi, "I urge you to know your power."

According to Smith College, the school awarded 721 degrees on Sunday: 671 undergraduate degrees, and 50 advanced degrees. Members of the class of 2020 came to Smith from 41 states and 29 countries.

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