Former Vice President Joe Biden urged graduates of Columbia Law School to use their degrees to remake the world into better place amid the global pandemic and ongoing threats to democracy, during recorded remarks for the school’s virtual graduation ceremony May 20.

Biden—who was originally slated to address the class of 2020 in person—acknowledged that it was a “bittersweet commencement day” given that the festivities were occurring on computer screens. “No matter your best-laid plans, reality has a way of intruding,” said Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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