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Audio available from Joe Biden's Wake Forest University commencement address

May 18, 2009

Broadcast-quality audio from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s May 18 commencement address at Wake Forest University is available for radio stations to download and broadcast.  The ceremony was held in the morning.

The Wake Forest News Service has posted the entire speech on the Web.  From the sidebar link, audio is available in .mp3 format.  The audio file begins with an introduction by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch.  Total file length is 32:45; Biden’s comments begin at 2:26 (over applause).

At age 29, Biden became one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate.  He was a senator from Delaware for 36 years before being selected as President Barack Obama’s running mate.  During those years, Biden was a noted leader on important domestic and international issues.  He served as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, spearheading legislation such as the 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act.  Biden has played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, serving as either chairman or ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 1997.

The speech was delivered to 1,001 undergraduate and 620 graduate and professional school students and their families during the outdoor ceremony on Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


High-resolution photos of the commencement ceremony are available for download.



Audio from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's May 18 commencement address at Wake Forest University.

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