President Obama at Morehouse: Spotlight on Valedictorian Betsegaw Tadele

May 30, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – How would you like to be a valedictorian at a graduation ceremony where the keynote speaker is the President of the United States? That’s exactly the opportunity that Betsegaw Tadele, a computer science major at Morehouse College, received when President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at the historically black institution of higher education this past Sunday.

“We will remember this day,” Betsegaw told his classmates in his own well-received speech. “We will be among the few graduates 50 years from now who will remember who was their commencement graduation speaker.”

Invoking President Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope Betsegaw added: “There is no impossible. There is no unbelievable. There is no unachievable, if you have the audacity to hope.”

When it was Obama’s turn to take the stage after being introduced by Morehouse College president John Wilson he joked with Betsegaw. “I have to say that it’s a little hard to follow, not Dr. Wilson, but a skinny guy with a funny name — Betsegaw Tadele,” Obama said. “He is going to be doing something.”
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