However, the term "junior college" is now usually used to characterize private two-year institutions. The term "community college" has evolved to describe publicly funded two-year institutions.
Commencement Address at Knox College delivered 4 JuneGalesburg, Illinois Plug-in required for flash audio Your browser does not support the audio element.
Text version below transcribed directly from audio. Congratulations on your graduation, and thank you -- thank you for the honor of allowing me to be a part of it. Thank you also, Mr. President, for this honorary degree. It was only a couple of years ago that I stopped paying my student loans in law school.
You know, it has been about six months now since you sent me to Washington as your United States Senator. Change your mind for the next time. It has been a fascinating journey thus far.
Each time I walk onto the Senate floor, I'm reminded of the history, for good and for ill, that has been made there. But there have been a few surreal moments.
For example, I remember the day before I was sworn in, myself and my staff, we decided to hold a press conference in our office. Now, keep in mind that I am ranked 99th in seniority.
I said, "place in history? What will be your place in history? In other eras, across distant lands, this question could be answered with relative ease and certainty.
As a peasant in 11th Century China, you knew that no matter how hard you worked, the local warlord might come and take everything you had -- and you also knew that famine might come knocking at the door. As a subject of King George, you knew that your freedom of worship and your freedom to speak and to build your own life would be ultimately limited by the throne.
And then America happened.
And as people around the world began to hear the tale of the lowly colonists who overthrew an empire for the sake of an idea, they started to come. Across oceans and the ages, they settled in Boston and Charleston, Chicago and St. Louis, Kalamazoo and Galesburg, to try and build their own American Dream.
This collective dream moved forward imperfectly -- it was scarred by our treatment of native peoples, betrayed by slavery, clouded by the subjugation of women, shaken by war and depression. And yet, brick by brick, rail by rail, calloused hand by calloused hand, people kept dreaming, and building, and working, and marching, and petitioning their government, until they made America a land where the question of our place in history is not answered for us.
Have we failed at times? Will you occasionally fail when you embark on your own American journey? But the test is not perfection. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them. We have faced this choice before.
At the end of the Civil War, when farmers and their families began moving into the cities to work in the big factories that were sprouting up all across America, we had to decide: Do we do nothing and allow captains of industry and robber barons to run roughshod over the economy and workers by competing to see who can pay the lowest wages at the worst working conditions?
We chose to act, and we rose together. When the irrational exuberance of the Roaring Twenties came crashing down with the stock market, we had to decide: We chose to act -- regulating the market, putting people back to work, expanding bargaining rights to include health care and a secure retirement -- and together we rose.
When World War II required the most massive home front mobilization in history and we needed every single American to lend a hand, we had to decide: Again, we chose to act, and again, we rose together.
Today, at the beginning of this young century, we have to decide again. But this time, it is your turn to choose. Here in Galesburg, you know what this new challenge is.Jan 09, · Today, on a visit to Tennessee, President Obama will announce a proposal to make two years at public community college “free for anyone who’s willing to work for it." The video doesn’t say.
Barack Obama on Abortion: Click here for 36 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.. Teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows.
(Jan ) ObamaCare asks insurance companies to provide contraceptives. Full text and audio mp3 and video of Barck Obama's Knox College Commencement Address.
Jan 08, · Free education "for those willing to work for it." That's what President Obama announced Friday in a bid to make the first two years of community college free for "responsible" students.
In the United States, community colleges (once commonly called junior colleges), and increasingly just "college"s, are primarily two-year public institutions of tertiary pfmlures.com community colleges also offer remedial education, GEDs, high school degrees, technical degrees and certificates, and a limited number of 4-year degrees.
The goals. President Obama has articulated a clear priority for STEM education: within a decade, American students must "move from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math.".