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‘Black-ish’ creator tells Tufts grads: If Trump can be president, anything is possible

Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish,” addresses Tufts grads.
Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish,” addresses Tufts grads.Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

As Kenya Barris sees it, this year’s college graduates have it easy and hard.

Barris, the creator of ABC’s hit show “Black-ish” and its spinoff “College-ish,” told Tufts seniors that they have the “burden of actually being the first graduating class to truly ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” a reference to President Trump’s favorite slogan.

“I can’t honestly think of a time since the Vietnam War that a graduating class has had more on its shoulders than you all,” said Barris.

But in the next breath, Barris took the pressure off.

“If a C student with a neck tattoo can be giving your commencement speech, and a six-time bankrupt former steak-selling reality star can be president of the United States, then, literally, anything is possible,” he said. “So go out and make it happen! Congratulations, Class of 2017.”

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Meanwhile, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel delivered the Class Day speech at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

At New England Conservatory’s commencement, the celebrated conductor/composer/pianist André Previn had some words of wisdom for graduates. The 88-year-old Previn also received an honorary degree from NEC, as did composer/multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal, and New England Conservatory life trustee Harold I. Pratt.

Here’s Barris’s address to Tufts students: