President Donald Trump gives Commencement address at Liberty University
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- President Donald Trump gave the Commencement address at Liberty University Saturday morning to a crowd of nearly 50,000 people, according to Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Saturday marked Trump's third visit to the campus, but a lot has changed since his last visit.
"Right here, the class of 2017 dressed in cap and gown, graduating to a totally brilliant future. And here I am standing before you as president of the United States. I'm guessing there are some people who are here today who thought this would really require major help from God," Trump said.
The President took a jab at Jerry Falwell, Jr. since Liberty is entering the Football Bowl Subdivision classification in the upcoming season.
"As of Feb of this year are playing the FBS -- the highest level of competition in the NCAA. Don't clap that could be tough. Don't clap that could be tough. I'm a little worried I don't' want to look at some of those score. Jerry are you sure you wan to do that," Trump said.
The speech was mostly uplifting, with the president hoping to inspire graduates to go on and do great things.
The President made sure to honor 9,000 graduates who have served in the U.S. military.
"We're profoundly grateful to every single one of your sacrifice to protect God's greatest gift of freedom," he said.
"I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, will be a warrior for our country and your family," the President said, urging graduates to stand for the freedom America was founded on.
Trump left the roughly 18,000 graduates with a message of hope: "What will you give back to this county and indeed the world. What imprint will you leave in the sands of history? As long as you remember, as along as you have pride in your beliefs, courage in your conviction and faith in your God, then you will not fail."