And then there is my friend and former law school professor, Charles Ogle tree, a product of the Merced public schools. Now, he is an example of how you can bring your skills back. His ambition took him far away from home, but he has never forgotten where he came from.Each year, with his help, Merced's high schools are able to hand out scholarships, not just for the best and the brightest students,but also for many students who are just stuck in poverty and simply need a hand up to compete.
So the faculty,the students, local leaders, Merced alumni, everyone here is doing their part to help the children of Merced realize that access to a quality education is available to them as long as they work hard, study hard and apply themselves.
It is this kind of commitment that we're going to need in this nation to put this country back on a path where every child expects to succeed and where every child had the tools that they need to achieve their dreams. That's what we're aiming for. And we're going to need all of you,graduates, this generation, we need you to lead the way.