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Enda Kenny delivers rousing commencement speech at Boston College

Caitlin McBride in Boston

Published 20/05/2013 | 17:01

Taoiseach Enda Kenny referenced his own life "as a dad" while addressing Boston College's graduating class of 2013.

Today, the Fine Gael leader, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in law from the prestigious school, delivered the commencement speech to the 6,000 strong audience, which earned him a standing ovation.

 

The 26 minute long speech touched on everything from Twitter, Rosa Parks, Elvis Presley and the birth of blue jeans.

 

"Today, you might feel as if you blinked, only to find your child here, grown, radiant," he said, addressing the parents of the graduates.  "Their newly-minted degrees imposters in a life where a whole five-minutes ago, you yourselves, were the font of all knowledge.

"How do bees buzz? If we can see the wind, how come air is invisible ? Why is Green? What does it taste like?  

 

"As a Dad, I know that for us, these are areas of both natural brilliance and acquired expertise," he added.

 

Kenny, in a rousing speech similar to his 2011 opener for President Obama in Dublin, once again inspired

 

"Today...above all, it’s a day to be thankful for your parents, your step-parents, those who have been as good-as-parents, and your grandparents," he told the class.

 

"To them, I say look at what you did. You made these young men and women. You made them with your love, exhaustion, exasperation, imagination," he added.

 

"Today then, as your newly-graduated son or daughter, crosses the lawn, You might find yourself catching your breathing at the turn of the head, a fleeting expression, that you know has its origins deep in generations, histories, secrets long past. 

But today, those very generations are exhaling long and proud and deep. Because, today, they have been proved right. Today, their descendants and yours are living proof of the power of their imagining."       

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