The liberal Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has urged graduates of New York University (NYU) to “change the world” during a commencement speech given at Yankee Stadium in New York this week.
A strident advocate of multiculturalism, the PM’s speech emphasised the value of diversity and in engaging with people from different backgrounds with vastly different experiences.
Trudeau applauded that NYU was “truly diverse” with around one fifth of its students being international, including 180 Canadians among the graduating class.
“Whether it’s race, gender, language, sexual orientation, religious or ethnic origin, or our beliefs and values themselves – diversity doesn’t have to be a weakness,” he said.
“The world eagerly awaits, indeed requires, your ideas. Your initiative. Your enterprise. Your energy. Your passion and compassion. Your idealism. Your ambition.”
“Congratulations Class of 2018,” concluded Trudeau. “Go change the world.”