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Former Defense Secretary gives SCU commencement speech

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Leon Panetta speaks at the Santa Clara University graduation

Former CIA director and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was the commencement speaker Saturday at Santa Clara University where he also received an honorary doctorate degree.

Panetta received his bachelor's degree and law degree from the university in the 1960's. He had inspiring words for the new graduates.

"You are not just our hope for a better future, you are our future and the key to whether we remain a government of by and for all people," Panetta said.

Panetta says he first met his wife at the university. He also taught a political science course there and served on the S.C.U Board of Trustees.

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