Joining "fellow members of the proud parents club," Vice President Biden told 150 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice Monday night that each can serve as a beacon of optimism in difficult times.
"The thing that I love about you all . . . is that you believe in possibilities, the possibility that you can make things better," he said. He called that belief the "fuel" that has ignited social change.
Biden's daughter Ashley Biden, 28, received a kiss on the cheek from her father when she went onstage at Irvine Auditorium to accept her master's degree in social work. She was one of a dozen graduates receiving a John Hope Franklin Combating American Racism award. She specialized in macro social work with an interest in juvenile justice, poverty, and education.