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John Legend encourages Duke graduates to strengthen their communities, help others during commencement speech :: WRAL.com

May 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Recording artist John Legend encouraged graduates to strengthen their communities during his commencement speech at Duke University's graduation on Sunday.

— Recording artist John Legend encouraged graduates to strengthen their communities during his commencement speech at Duke University's graduation on Sunday.

"Bring your own unique gifts to the table to engage in the real, tangible bettering of your community," Legend told graduates at Brooks Field in Wallace Wade Stadium.

Legend also encouraged graduates to "embrace our shared humanity. "

Legend also recognized the unique challenges the class faced by graduating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Today is one of those moments, and of course, after a year when we could barely gather at all, it takes on a special meaning," Legend said.

Durham Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson also tweeted Legend spent an hour talking with her and other city leaders about the topics.

"Class of 2021, Duke has poured all kinds of tools and resources into you and I'm asking you to use them on behalf of our democracy and how interdependent we are on each other," said Legend.

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