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May 9, 2010 10:38 AM by Associated Press

Obama: Education a responsibility of all Americans

President Barack Obama says all Americans have a responsibility to offer every child an education that will help them compete in an economy in which a high school diploma is no longer enough.

Obama delivered the message Sunday during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University, a historically black college at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia.

The president told the university's more than 1,000 graduates that they also have the added responsibility of being role models for their brothers and sisters and mentors in their communities.

Obama said they must pass along to their children a sense of the value of an education, personal responsibility, self-respect and a strong work ethic.

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