"The only expectations I need to live up to are my own."
"The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me. Because while we've come so far, the truth is that those age old problems are stubborn. And they haven't fully gone away. So there will be times, just like for those airmen, when you feel like folks look right past you. Or they see just a fraction of who you really are.
"The world won't always see you in those caps and gowns. They won't know how hard you worked and how much you sacrificed to make it to this day. The countless hours you spent studying to get this diploma... Instead, they will make assumptions on who they think you are based on their limited notion of the world...
"The realization that no matter how far you rise in life, how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen, for some folks, it will never be enough."