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October 3, 2012

Vintage Portrait Photos of a Young Hillary Rodham Clinton at 1969 Wellesley Commencement Speech

In 1969, the 21-year-old then known as Hillary Rodham delivered the first-ever Wellesley college student commencement speech. The class leader of Wellesley College talking about student protests which she supported in her commencement speech.

Ruth Adams, then-president of Wellesley, introduced Clinton, calling her “cheerful, good humored, good company, and a good friend to all of us.”

“Fear is always with us but we just don’t have time for it. Not now,” Clinton said during the 1969 speech.

Read the complete remarks from Clinton’s graduation ceremony on May 31, 1969 on

(Photos: Lee Balterman/LIFE archives)



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