Elizabeth Warren has become one of the most important individuals opposing Donald Trump, and as the U.S. Senator for Massachusetts and one of the most popular politicians in the U.S., Warren was the perfect representative to give a commencement speech at the University of Massachusetts this year.
The Elizabeth Warren commencement speech touches on her life's work – encouraging others to get involved in policy and advocacy. She discusses the importance of UMass' recent graduates becoming involved in America's democratic institutions, emphasizing that "if elected officials don't hear from people like you, then the policies will be set from the people they do hear from," stating that those outside influences include corporate CEOs, Wall Street, giant corporations and individuals and groups with enough money to influence politicians.
As America's democratic institutions have been increasingly at risk in recent years – given the heavy influence of money, foreign governments, and individuals in power who attempt to rise above the rule of law – Elizabeth Warren's commencement speech emphasizes the importance of Americans collectively rising up and voicing their concerns and needs.