'Star' Hillary Keeps Vow With Bronx Grad Speech

Attends teenager's high school graduation
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 6:46 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton, at Pelham Preparatory Academy Class of 2008 Commencement Celebration.    (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton was given a rock star's reception yesterday at her first public appearance in New York since surrendering the Democratic field to to Barack Obama. She presented the graduation address at Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx, fulfilling a promise she made years ago to attend the commencement of a supporter's daughter.

"I have just finished the most extraordinary experience that anybody could possibly have," Clinton said, referring to her campaign. "No one four years ago could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008."