Published May 25, 2013
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says the futures of today's college graduates "shines bright."
Giffords spoke only briefly Saturday at the Bard College commencement but urged the graduates to create, lead and innovate.
Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket that left six others dead. The Democrat resigned from Congress a year later.
In her one minute, 20 second speech, the former congresswoman told the graduates they can start changing the world tomorrow. She urged them to "be bold, be courageous, be your best."
Giffords' husband joined her at the podium. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly talked about their new organization, Americans For Responsible Gun Control. He says its focus is to keep communities safer while protecting the Second Amendment.