Sanders to speak at Brooklyn College commencement

Sanders to speak at Brooklyn College commencement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (I-Vt.) will be Brooklyn College's commencement speaker in May, the school announced Thursday.

Sanders grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago.


He often talked about his Brooklyn roots during his presidential campaign last year. Sanders surged to a surprisingly strong finish in the Democratic presidential primary, winning 22 states before conceding to eventual nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo, the polls aren't wrong — but you have to know what to look for How to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump More than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls MORE.

Sanders told Time in May 2015 that his youth in Brooklyn and subsequent college education molded him into the progressive champion he is today.

“We were concerned obviously about economic injustice,” he said of his college days. "And we were concerned with the question, ‘How do you make change?’”

Sanders added his family’s struggles living paycheck-to-paycheck gave him an appreciation for working Americans he has never abandoned.

“The lack of money caused stress in my family and fights between my mother and father,” he said. "That is a reality I have never forgotten: Today, there are many families who are living under the circumstances that we lived under.” 

Sanders followed in his older brother Larry’s footsteps and enrolled at Brooklyn College.

Like her former presidential rival, Clinton is also slated to speak at her alma mater's commencement this May.

Wellesley College announced Wednesday that Clinton would speak at its ceremony.