“As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith,” President Trump said to a crowd of newly minted graduates.
President Trump arrived in Lynchburg on schedule Saturday morning. Air Force One touched down at Lynchburg Regional Airport carrying the President and his staff.
The motorcade that included Liberty President, Jerry Falwell Junior then made its way to campus where the President was given an honorary law degree and spoke to the graduates.
With a welcome from Jerry Falwell Junior, President Trump congratulated the graduates, and then compared the student’s graduation to his winning the White House with a bit of humor.
“I’m guessing there are some people here today who thought that either one of those things, either one, would really require major help from God, do we agree? And we got it,” President Trump said as the crowd erupted into laughter.
The President then commended the graduates on their achievements and challenged them not just to give back, but to defy critics and expectation.
“What will you give back to this country and indeed to the world?” Trump asked. “Remember this; Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever, came easy. Treat the word ‘impossible’ as nothing more than motivation,” he said.
Trump compared Liberty University to America, saying the university began with humble beginnings before growing into what it is today. “The story of America is the story of adventure that began with deep faith, big dreams and humble beginnings,” President Trump said. “That is also the story of Liberty University.
He urged students not to worry about critics but to follow their beliefs and dreams. “The future belongs to the people who follow their heart no matter what the critics say because they truly believe in their vision,” Trump said.
“If I give you one message to hold in your hearts today,” Trumps said. “Never give up.”
The President spoke of faith and God throughout the commencement speech and perhaps the largest round of applause came when he spoke about America’s forefathers, and their beliefs in God.
“When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, our they invoked our creator four times because in America we don’t worship government. We worship God,” Trump said.
The President also talked about Liberty’s growth and it was President Trump himself who released the list of teams the Flames will play now that they are in the FBS.
He also thanked the Liberty University community for coming out to vote for him.