To note the power of resilience, former Democratic presidential candidate and alumni Hillary Clinton of Yale University said Yale's grade class is ready to enter "one of the most tumultuous times" in the country.
"We live through a time when fundamental rights, civic virtues, freedom of the press, even facts and reasoning are under attack as never before," said Clinton. "But we also witness a time of new moral conviction, community engagement and a feeling of devotion to our democracy and country. This is the good news – if any group were prepared to come to the moment, it's you, class 2018. You've already shown the character and courage to help you navigate in this turbulent moment and most of all, you've demonstrated resilience. "
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She said she has seen hope taking form of democratic resilience. Parkland, Fla., Students Fighting for Pistol Days to Be Improved; Creation of Clintons grassroots group called Onward Together, and more people sign up to vote.
"It's not as easy to turn back to battle every day, but we do it," said Clinton. "And that's why I'm optimistic about because of how incredibly tough Americans turn out to be. "
Reflecting on the 2016 election, Clinton said she was not over it.
" I'm still thinking about the election in 2016; I still regret the mistakes I made, "Clinton said." I still think that what happened in such a weird and wild game in American history helps us defend our democracy in the future. "
She said the country is more polarizing than ever, and healing the country "radical empathy" and a return to "rational debate." She said it will stand up for education, truth and facts. "
" So yes, these are challenging times for America, but we has come through challenging times before, "said Clinton.
Although her speech was serious in her call for unity and" legislation on health weapons, "she was joking on the Russian involvement in the 2016 campaigns and honored the long-standing tradition of having wearing crazy hats on class day by pulling a Russian style hat from under the podium.
"I mean if you can not beat them with them," said Clinton.
Student leader Alexis Gurganious tells ade for class 2018 to "change" defined his time at yale.  "For Yale, I had never met so many people who believed in so many ideals that differed from my own, but after four years I have learned to open myself to alternative perspectives," said Gurganious. "We all have different beliefs and backgrounds, but as Yalies, we all share a common identity – one that leads us to treat each other with common decency and respect. "