Dole Tells Graduates to Go beyond Duty Candidate Speaks at Gallaudet University

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Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., challenged Gallaudet University graduates Friday "to go above and beyond the call of duty and then some."

Giving the commencement address at the nation's only four-year liberal arts college for the deaf and hard of hearing, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee noted that the ceremony was not an appropriate occasion to draw distinctions with President Bill Clinton or to make major policy pronouncements.

Dole's speech was designed to be motivational, as is customary with commencement addresses. But though Dole was warmly introduced as a champion for the disabled, the senator did not even hint at his own successful battle to overcome debilitating war injuries.

"I challenge each of you to make a difference in the great issues of our day," he told the graduating class of 380, whose friends and relatives packed the university's field house.

"Years from now if someone asks you if you remember the commencement speech given at your graduation," Dole added, "all I ask that you say is this: "I just remember one thing. I remember that he told me to stand up for what is right. …