RENO (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urged University of Nevada, Reno graduates on Saturday to give back to their communities, saying - in his words - "your obligations are just as great as your opportunities."
The Nevada Democrat extolled the virtues of public service during his commencement address to about 13-hundred graduates on the Quad.
Reid says public service encompasses many different areas and does not just have to involve elective office or a career.
He cited examples of public service that involved non-profit organizations or volunteer work.
Reid joked that he was in the top one-third of his eighth grade graduating class in his hometown of Searchlight. The class had six
He says he later benefited from public service - in the form of a group of Henderson businessmen who raised money to pay for his education. Reid's parents did not receive high school diplomas.
Reid, who steered clear of politics, asked for a moment of silence at the beginning of his speech for Sergeant Anthony Schober of Reno, who was killed in a May 12th ambush south of Baghdad.
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