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Senator Obama Tells Wesleyan Grads to Serve Country
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Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama took a step away from regular campaigning today, delivering the Commencement address at Wesleyan University

The university's Taiko drumming ensemble welcomed Senator Barack Obama to the graduation.

Before an audience of 15,000 spread across the campus athletic field, Obama addressed the students in place of Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy was slated to speak until he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last week.

Senator Obama spoke about the importance of service to the country, something he says has defined the Kennedy family.

"At a time of war, we need you to work for peace. at a time of inequality, we need you to work for opportunity. And at a time of so much cynicism and so much doubt, we need you to make us believe again.  That's your task, class of 2008"

Before his speech, Obama received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University.