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tv   Nikki Haley Commencement Address at Clemson University  CSPAN  May 30, 2018 2:13pm-2:35pm EDT

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progress doesn't just happen. if to stay deep in the movement. i do you. i want you to have fun and when you do live a full life. to the class of 200018 i say again congratulations i'm so very proud of you. thank you. [applause]. [applause]. nikki haley u.s. ambassador to the united nation and former south carolina governor. delivered the commencement address.
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this is just under 15 minutes. thank you to the board. it's a great day at clemson university. and it's a great day in south carolina. congratulations to this college of business in the college of education class of 200018. and thank you for this amazing honor. growing up a proud daughter of indian parents i brother sister and i were pressured as all indian children are to either be a dr., a lawyer, or an engineer. and while it took me a while
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but look, mom and dad i did it. i'm honored to be here today and to be giving yet another degree from clemson university. i have to say i worked a lot harder for the last one. and that is something i head in common with the graduates here today. i know exactly how you are feeling. because i remember sitting where you are i know you worked very hard to be here. i know all about those all too early in classes. but i have to tell you i hate to do in front of your parents but i know about the other stuff too. i know you've all had fun while you are here. you played while. you've played at lake hartwell. you have cheered on the tigers -- the tigers you have made comes in your home.
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i get that. most commencement addresses rightly focus on pride pride in what you had accomplished. or they focus on help. the bright and find -- shiny future that awaits all of you. both of those things are good. today i would like to talk about something a little bit different. it something clemson represents for me. gratitude in the active sense. we all know gratitude as a feeling in the good feeling that we head for the things that we had been given. but i want to talk about that as gratitude as a determination to take the things that benefit us.
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i'm talking about the institutions in the ideas in the people ensuring that they are preserved in protected and passed on to others. aside from my parents clemson is what has shaped my life the most i met my husband michael my very first weekend we were engaged four years later in the botanical garden. i also found myself here. i'm very grateful to clemson. i came here as an undergraduate my timing was not great but the 1990s the industry was in a major decline in south carolina. i wasn't really interested in cotton, wool or silk.
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but the scholarship was might my ticket to clemson. i was a girl from a closed net family. clemson was a big deal. full of new people i ran with it. as you might have already guessed. i did not last long after my first year i changed my major to accounting. i know. i know. i was living on the edge. but i loved matt and i loved numbers. it led to my first job as an accounting supervisor for a corporation in charlotte and that led to my involvement in the business community. it led me to running for and winning a in winning a seat in the south carolina house of representatives. which led me to run for governor. which led to me being able to raise that orange flag over that capital down at the statehouse when clemson
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football won the national championship in 2017. that is truly a memory i will cherish forever. my active gratitude now is to represent the best of america to the world. paying it forward for the blessings that america has given to me and my family. the least i can do is sacrifice and serve the country i love so very much. talking about gratitude sounds like something we used to do. make sure to say thank you. and you should do that by the way. always listen to your mother and her your grandmother too. buthen ias talking about this. it's something much more profound. something that takes considerably more effort than remembering to say thank you. but also offers considerably
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more rewards. first of all, two be grateful has not simply to be focused on the past. gratitude is not sentimentality. at its core gratitude is focused on the future is looking at all of things that you had have an understanding that not all of it came from you a lot of it came from your parents are great teacher for the freedom and prosperity of the country in which we live. real active gratitude means that you take responsibility to share those things that had benefited you with others and get back it's recognizing those things that make life good and meaningful and cherishing them. and using them to make life better for others. gratitude does not mean overlooking the very real disadvantage is that many
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suffer. at that closing your eyes to the bad in the world it is instead opening your eyes to the good in the world. my husband michael is a good example of gratitude properly understood. he and his brothers and sisters not an easy time. when michael is for was adopted by wonderful couple has adopted parents were warm and loving they gave michael home. they raise their son with care, love and a good education in a stable family life. and the thing as. today. michael never complaints about his childhood. he knows it could've turned out much worse. he is grateful and more than that he has taken the gift he was given a loving and supportive parents and he has paid that gift forward to our children.
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having a good dad is something to be grateful for. but being a good dad is real gratitude. my parents are also good examples of active gratitude. they came to south carolina in the early 1970s from india. my dad wears a turban you could say that it could be and they got their share of uncomfortable looks and even experienced episodes of out right discrimination. but they also watched south carolina change and income to not just accept them but to embrace them. they found opportunity here. and he found a home here. they never let my brother and sister and i forget how blessed we were to be growing up in this country. they did not focus on the challenges that they had had but they focus on the blessings that they received.
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when i was a little girl. i could never had dreamed that i could be a governor or ambassador were now an honorary dr.. but guess what their american experience has not been perfect. they made sure i understood that. and they paid it forward. here comes my little bit of unsolicited advice these are a couple of tips to living a life of active gratitude. first, beware of social media. it's almost as if it was invented to destroy gratitude. we all do it. posting the best pictures.
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of the most interesting things that we see our social media lives are not the real world. real life is usually messier and whether we need to do it or not the fake lives we live on social media can evoke a kind of envy. the grass is always greener on someone else's page. this is a recipe for dissatisfaction with life. rather thane thankful about what we do. something of a gratitude crisis today and it's not just on social media. instead of feeling grateful
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the many blessings we feel entitled to be free. but these things our gifts not guarantees just ask the three americans recently released north korean prison. and how to live a life of active gratitude. be thankful to be alive in america in 2018. every day in the united nations i deal with countries where people are not free. where there is no respect for the inherent dignity of women. without exceptions. these are dark, and dangerous places.
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places where dictators use of the torture the torture of children and the rape of women as political weapons. is it is not that the united states is perfect. we've been given a great set of tools freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. with which we can create a more perfect union. don't take these things for granted. be grateful for them. preserve them. use them to make a better life for yourself and your family. but also, for the poor for the less fortunate and for generations to come. so congratulations on graduating from clemson university yes you will miss the football games but you will love even more when you come back to visit. you should be helpful there is very little you can't achieve in life if you really put your mind to it. and proof of that.
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not because you've given so much but you have so much to get. enjoy your special day. thank you again for this honor. i wish you all the very best in the real world ahead. [applause]. commencement speeches all this week in prime time tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern hillary clinton rex tillerson, james mattis and canadian prime minister justin trudeau thursday at 8:00 p.m. eastern. apple ceo tim cook and jeff governor john kasich. on friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern
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