Last year, Donald Trump gave his first commencement address as president at Liberty University. Jerry Falwell Jr., University President, later lauded Trump’s speech as the “best commencement speech in the school’s history.”
This year, former President Jimmy Carter was the commencement speaker. It makes sense, since Jimmy Carter is actually a Christian.
Cartered opened his speech by commenting on the crowd size — something we know Trump is very sensitive about. He said, “Jerry told me it’s even bigger, I hate to say this, than it was last year. I don’t know… if President Trump would admit that or not.”
According to Falwell Jr., there had been more than 50,000 people in attendance for Trump’s 2017 speech. Carter did not say the total number in attendance on Saturday but said there were more than 20,000 graduates alone, and that figure did not even include family and friends who attended the commencement.
Former President Carter’s commencement addressed focused on, human rights, equality, justice, and Christianity. He challenged the graduating class to use their education in order to to make a difference, and to go out into the world and be truthful and kind. A significant departure from Trump’s address last year.
Carter told the graduates, “We decide whether we tell the truth or benefit from telling lies. We’re the ones who decide, do I hate or am I filled with love? We’re the ones who decide, do I only think about myself, or do I care for others? We ourselves make these decisions and no one else. There are no limits to our ambition.”