Tom Brokaw gave a commencement speech at High Point University on Saturday focusing on the nation that graduates inherited from "the Greatest Generation," those who fought in World War II.
He reminded graduates that they have the rights and responsibility to spread "American ideals and culture" and to not be afraid "to be disruptive; find new ways to do the conventional and the useful; and don’t run from big and bold challenges."
Brokaw spoke about the cultural progress this generation has made and should continue to press on, including gender and racial equality.
"Be the generation that sees a friend or a stranger for who they are, and not just for the color of their skin," Brokaw said. "We can never completely fulfill the promise of this treasured republic if we are blinded by color.”