Kerry, a 1966 graduate of Yale, told students and their families, faculty and staff at the Ivy League school’s 313th commencement that some people don’t believe they can make a difference “and the sum difference of all of this is that we do not believe we can make a difference . we remain gridlocked.”
Over the years, Congress has enacted broad legislation protecting the environment and civil rights, said Kerry, a former U.S. senator from Massachusetts. But, he said, the need to reform immigration and grapple with climate change now remain undone.
“This daring journey of progress played out over years or decades,” he said. “Today, the felt needs are piling up while legislatures or foreign capitals seem frozen.”
Kerry told graduates to remain hopeful and be active participants in finding ways to bring about change.
“None of our problems are without solutions, but neither will they solve themselves,” he said. “It’s a matter of willpower, not capacity "
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