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Class of 2014: Politicians, pomp and circumstance

Some of the biggest names in politics are dusting off their caps and gowns to offer words of wisdom to the class of 2014. What do their graduation speech stops say about their politics? (Julie Percha/The Washington Post)

If it’s graduation season, it’s time for politicians to dust off their caps and gowns and hit the commencement speech circuit.

But it’s not so much their words of wisdom we’re watching -- it’s where they’ve chosen to speak that draws speculation about their politics.

Some of the biggest names in politics go for big-name schools, such as President Obama, whose stops include West Point, or Michael Bloomberg, who's taking to Harvard. Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking at Yale -- where he was the student speaker for his own graduation, back in 1966.

Other pols go for the hometown love: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are all rallying the home base with commencement speeches in their own states.

And for others, graduation is a pit stop on the possible road to 2016.

Like Joe Biden, who’s rockin’ the mortar board at the University of South Carolina. That pick isn’t by accident: South Carolina holds the first Southern primary in the nation, and that’s where Jon Huntsman gave a graduation speech in 2011, just one month before announcing his presidential bid.

Post TV took a look at some of the biggest names in the game -- and what their commencement appearances say about their politics. Check it out here.

Julie Percha is a video producer/editor on the PostTV politics team



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