Thank you all. Thank you so much.
Let's let our graduates rest themselves. You've worked hard for those seats!
Let me start by thanking President Johnson for that very gracious introduction,
and for awarding me with this honorary degree from an extraordinary institution.
I am proud to have this degree — very proud.
Thank you. Thank you so much.
I want to recognize Major General Williams; Congresswoman Sewell; Zachary; Kalauna;
to all of the trustees, the faculty, the staff here at Tuskegee University.
Thank you — thank you so much for this warm welcome, this tremendous hospitality. And I'm so glad to be here.
Before I begin, I just want to say that my heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Eric Marks, Jr.
I understand he was such a talented young man, a promising aerospace engineer
who was well on his way to achieving his dream of following in the footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen.
And Eric was taken from us far too soon.
And our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with his family, his friends, and this entire community.