Hillary Clinton is about to deliver the commencement address at Wellesley College, her alma mater.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and it can be viewed live in the embedded player via Wellesley College.
Hillary Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969, majoring in political science. During this time, Clinton was the president of Wellesley’s Young Republicans club, though she would later say that she changed her political views following the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement.
In 1969, Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at Wellesley College, becoming the first student to do so. A guest speaker at that commencement ceremony was Republican Senator Edward Brooke, who spoke out against the idea of protesting. Clinton in her speech took on Brooke, breaking from her prepared remarks to do so.
“This has to be very quick because I do have a little speech to give,” Clinton said, according to NPR. “Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn’t do us anything. We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.”
Clinton received a standing ovation for her speech, and the remarks made national news, being covered in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The school administrators, however, were not happy that she criticized a guest speaker. Clinton has not spoke at Wellesley College since then.
Hillary Clinton has only made a few public appearances since losing the November election, the most recent being a Women for Women International event earlier this month. During that event, Clinton said that she believes she lost the election in part due to James Comey’s letter to Congress at the end of October. However, she did take some personal responsibility for the loss.
“Of course, I take absolute personal responsibility,” Clinton said. “I was the candidate. I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had.”
She also said that misogyny played a role in her loss.
“It is real, it is very much a part of the landscape, politically, socially and economically…” Clinton said of misogyny. “…Yes, it was a role in this election.”