NEW YORK Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fulfilled a pledge to a young supporter by speaking at the teenager's high school graduation on Sunday.
The girl, Aleatha Williams, a campaign volunteer and the daughter of a supporter, introduced the senator to fellow graduates from Pelham Preparatory Academy in the Bronx as "my aunt."
Clinton said she had known Aleatha "and her wonderful mother, Patricia," since the girl was 2 and had promised her when she graduated from eighth grade that she would attend her high school graduation.
"Four years later, here I am with all of you," Clinton said.
The New York senator ended her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president on June 7 and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who has clinched the nomination.
She invoked the campaign to urge the 86 graduates to achieve success.
"No one five years ago, no one four years ago, when I attended Aleatha's graduation lunch, could have predicted that an African-American and a woman would have been competing for the presidency of the United States in 2008," Clinton said.