WATCH: Nancy Pelosi speaks at Smith College’s 2020 Commencement

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed graduates during part one of Smith College’s virtual 2020 Commencement held Sunday.


According to a news release sent to 22News, the commencement began at 12:00 p.m. and is the first element of the two-part interactive and personalized “virtual” graduation. The conferral of degrees and reading of the names for each graduating senior were announced in Sunday’s ceremony.

Pelosi highlighted the Smith College 2020 commencement ceremony with an inspiring address. Her speech urged graduates to make progress for America — and to bravely continue battling adversity as they have done this year and as Smith College graduates have done for generations.

Speaking with great certainty I can say, nothing is more wholesome for government and politics than the increased participation and leadership of women. So as you go forward, embrace the groundbreaking legacy of those who came before you. Know your purpose, know your power.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

Over 721 graduates received degrees Sunday, hailing from 41 states and 29 countries.

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