Liberty University gave U.S. President Donald Trump a warm welcome during its commencement ceremony on May 13 despite previous opposition from the students over the school president's support for the Republican leader.
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On May 13, Liberty University welcomed President Trump as he delivered a speech for the latest batch of graduates. He also received an honorary law degree during the commencement ceremony at the largest Christian university in America, Al Jazeera details.
During his first graduation speech as president, Trump told the fresh graduates of Liberty University to expect that they will be treated like an outsider in a secular world. He also urged them to keep moving forward because the outsiders are the ones who will be able to change the world, The Washington Post relays.
"Relish the opportunity to be an outsider. Embrace that label. Being an outsider is fine. Embrace the label, because it's the outsiders who change the world and who make a real and lasting difference," Trump said in his commencement speech. "The more that a broken system tells you that you're wrong, the more certain you should be that you must keep pushing ahead."
In addition, he asserted to the Liberty University graduates that Americans worship God and not the government. He also enumerated some of the schools that the university's football team will have to compete with in 2018.
When Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump during the presidential campaign last year, he described the Republican as someone who "can lead our country to greatness again." The endorsement reportedly helped boost Trump's support from the evangelical community.
Prior to the endorsement, Trump was laughed at by Liberty University's student body when he delivered a speech there and quoted a verse from "Two Corinthians." For them, not being able to correctly interpret it as Paul's "second" letter to the Corinthians was a reflection of the Republican's lack of familiarity with the Bible.
Despite the previous controversies, Trump was warmly received by around 50,000 attendees of the commencement ceremony. Falwell noted that Trump is the second incumbent president to deliver a graduation address at the university since George H.W. Bush spoke there in 1990.