The eternally young spirit of America has been a source or strength all of you bring forth today and has been a beacon of hope to the world. That optimism, faith, and confidence in our country, has made our country young.
In my travels as Speaker, I have met with presidents, prime ministers, and kings. But what impressed and inspired me the most were my encounters with young people. At a time when some world leaders question the value of constructive dialogue with our adversaries, young people are engaged in their own international dialogue, on campuses and through email and instant messaging and blogs. They are talking about their hopes for a brighter future — of their desire for peace and prosperity …
My message to the graduate today is : ” Know your power and follow your passion — the power and passion that springs from the beauty of your dreams, the depth of your imagination and the strength of your values.” I have confidence that you will succeed because of the magnificent education you have received. at USF. I want to extend my congratulations to the class of 2007, wish you well and let you know you have a friend in the Speaker’s office. Thank you and God bless you.