President Obama speaks at 2012 JHS commencement
May 26, 2012
(From left), Asst. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, President Barak Obama and Superintendent of Schools Dr. C.J. Huff listen as a Joplin High School graduate speaks during commencement exercises that took place on May 21, 2012, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University-Joplin. Obama eventually took the podium to deliver a 20-minute message of congratulation, inspiration and hope to over 400 graduating seniors. His address was delivered one day short of the day marking the one year anniversary of the tornado that took the lives of 161 people including two high school students. Find the transcript of the speech (Photo compliments of University Marketing & Relations)

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