Students buzzing over Obama's commencement speech

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June 11, 2014, 6:15 pm
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Worcester, Mass.) - People in Worcester, Massachusetts, were buzzing over a special presidential visit.

Wednesday, President Barack Obama spoke at the commencement for Worcester Technical High School at the city's DCU Center.

However, outside of the venue, some where hoping to have Obama hear their message, while others just wanted a glimpse of him.

"I am excited, first president I ever got to see," Worcester Tech freshman Sandra Jackson said.

"I'm excited because, you know, not a lot of kids get this opportunity," freshman Sherline Colemente said.

Worcester Tech was chosen by the White House for its recent success since implementing reforms supported by President Obama.

"I feel like it's going to motivate me to do better and everything since he's the president," Colemente said.

While some students are thrilled to hear Obama speak, some are hoping he'll listen.

A Worcester Tech sophomore organized an anti-deportation rally outside of the event.

"I come home every day wondering if my mom was there or my sister is there or my father is there. It's a very scary experience," Italo Fini said.

Fini was nearly 2 when he was brought to this country by his parents after his father was held up at gunpoint in Brazil and wanted a better life for his family. Now they fear that life could be taken away.

He says he wants Obama "to stop these deportations immediately ... because he's tearing up families, 1,100 people per day getting deported, and I just find that absolutely ridiculous."

Fini is scheduled to graduate in two years, and while the president won't likely be at his graduation, he says he hopes his family will be.

Tags: barack Obama, massachusetts, Worcester, WOrcester Technical High School
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