Obama urges Hampton students to use education for public good

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Hampton, Virginia, US, May 10 (ANI): US President Barack Obama told students at the historical African-American Hampton University, to utilize their education not just to secure gainful employment but also contribute towards the greater public good.

"Now that your minds have been opened, it's up to you to keep them that way, and it will be up to you to open minds that remain closed," ABC News quoted Obama as saying during his Commencement speech.

Using the fast-paced world of 24-hr news where the line between reality and conjecture is often blurred, as a model, the President urged students to use their education in sifting truth from spin.

Taking up the issue of rising unemployment rates, he said he could see a silver lining.

"The unemployment rate for folks who've never gone to college is over twice as high as it is for folks with a college degree or more," he told the graduates.

He also asked them to remember civil rights activist Dorothy Height by remaining vigilant in public discourse and holding the government accountable. (ANI)

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