President Joe Biden, delivered a video address on Tuesday to graduating seniors who were freshmen when a mass shooting left 17 people dead at their Florida high school.
JOE BIDEN: From a freshman year, a year of unspeakable loss, to a junior and senior year upended by a pandemic. But the story of this class and the Parkland community isn't just a story of pain. It's a story of resilience, of turning pain to purpose and darkness to light. This is the legacy you're building, the legacy you'll continue to build.
No graduation class gets to choose the world into which they graduate, but every once in a while, every few generations, young people come along at a point in history with a chance to make real change. World has already seen just how capable you are, how strong you are, how resilient you are. There's no question. You're already changing the world. The 10 who should be with you today are changing the world alongside you as well.
Presumptuous of me to say this, but I'm so proud of each and every one of you. And because of you, I've never been more optimistic about our future than I am today. Graduates, congratulations. Congratulations. God bless you.