Barack Obama speaks during the 148th commencement ceremony at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2016.
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June 2, 2016 2:36 PM EDT

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Howard University on May 7, striking an optimistic tone and calling on the graduating class to meet challenges ahead.

“Make no mistake class of 2016, you’ve got plenty of work to do,” he said. “But the truth is your generation is more positioned than ever to meet those challenges.”

Here are the full remarks from Obama’s speech on Howard’s campus in Washington, D.C.

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