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John Boehner Gets Teary During Commencement Address

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (File)(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker John Boehner delivered an emotional commencement address at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, even shedding a few tears while telling the graduates they should embody certain virtues.

"Humility, patience and faith, and always a few tears from me," Boehner said.

Boehner became teary while telling a story about the morning of his leadership election in 2006, when he said he prayed to the Virgin Mary for guidance. He said on that morning when he thought he received no sign, he got a call from his former high school football coach, Gerry Faust.

"It was old coach Faust," Boehner said choking up, "calling to wish me luck, and telling me you can do it. You know I've never gotten a call from the Blessed Mother before and I don't think I ever will, but I got to tell you it was pretty darn close."

Boehner also shed a few tears when he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the university at the ceremony.

Boehner delivered the main commencement address at the ceremony which was held at the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the university’s campus.

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