"We are inspired by her staunch advocacy for equitable access to education."

By Kate Samuelson
May 12, 2017

Watch U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren give the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s McGuirk Alumni Stadium Friday.

Warren, who made TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world this year, was described by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy as a strong role model for students.

“We are inspired by her staunch advocacy for equitable access to education, environmental resource conservation and support for economic justice,” he said in a statement. “These issues are in alignment with our campus’s core values and our long history of activism in pursuit of social justice.”

He added: “At UMass Amherst we stand for the hopes, the ambitions, the bold experiments and the innovative solutions of the people of Massachusetts and the world beyond. We share Sen. Warren’s commitment to making a profound, transformative contribution to the common good.”

Watch Warren give the university’s commencement speech from 4:30 p.m. ET Friday.

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