Letter from President Barack Obama



The letter Sky Pham shared from President Obama reads:

Mr. Trinh Nguyen Dang Pham

Garden Grove, California

Dear Sky:

Michelle and I are delighted to send our heartfelt congratulations on your graduation

In your achievement, I see not only the culmination of years of hard work, but also a unique piece of mosaic you form with students from the class of 2015 across our Nation. Together, you embody an America that finds unity in its diversity, draws strength from a spirit of common purpose, and aspires to reach the break thoughts of tomorrow. Unencumbered by what has been and unafraid of new frontiers, you remind us that what has kept our country moving forward through everything we have experienced-what defines us above all-has always been our unwavering belief in the possibilities of the future.

Congratulations, again, on this accomplishment. As you reflect on the efforts that brought you to this moment and look toward all that lies ahead, know that your President is proud of you and inspired by your generations.


Barack Obama

Four years ago, when I came here from Vietnam to the United States, I had no idea I would end up at a school like the California State University, Fullerton. As Vietnamese, my parents valued education, even when the means were very limited. Growing up in a poor village in Saigon, I never could have dreamed that as an adult I would be doing my philanthropy works, but through hard work, a desire to build a future of advancement, and inspiration from those who have contributed before me, I have already fulfilled the first few steps of this amazing dream from my graduation at Cal State Fullerton. My deepest appreciation to family and friends for giving me that constant support, encouragement, advice, wisdom and most importantly LOVE.



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