Former President Bill Clinton gave the commencement address for the graduating students in the afternoon session at the University of Central Florida, but politics was not part of his speech.
Over 1,500 degrees were awarded to students from the College of Health and Public Affairs, and the Burnett School of Biomedical Science. President Clinton received a degree as well. President John Hitt awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Mr. Clinton told the crowd he loves Orlando and UCF.
"Some of you know that I am UCF's most ardent unpaid flack."
The message of his speech was not about political divides, but about coming together.
"We need each other. We need to work together. We need to grow together."
He told the crowd of anxious students that their generation would wield unprecedented power.
"I want you to think about the power that you have, both in the jobs that you take and in the word you live in beyond your job. People of modest incomes have more power to change the course of history now than ever before."
Any commencement speaker is apt to give the next generation advice, and Mr. Clinton was no different.
"My advice is, do what makes you happy. Most people are happy doing what they are best at; most people are happiest both doing well and doing good, doing something for someone else. I hope you will do well, and I hope you will do good."
He received light applause when he entered the UCF Arena and a rousing standing ovation when he finished.