ISLA VISTA, Calif. -

Vice President Joe Biden taped a message of support for Isla Vista residents in the wake of the mass shooting in late May.

The video was in response to a petition circulated in Isla Vista, requesting First Lady Michelle Obama speak at one of the UCSB graduation ceremonies planned this weekend.

UCSB Internal Student Vice-President Kyley Scarlet received word from the office of the Vice President about the video which has now been posted online.

In the video, Biden describes this time for graduates as "bittersweet."

"I know from experience that there's nothing anyone can say or do to ease the overwhelming sense of loss, particularly the family members feel," Biden said in the video.

In the video, Biden referenced his own personal loss.  His wife and infant daughter were killed in a traffic accident in 1972.

"The day will come, when something triggers a memory, of your lost son or daughter... friend.  Maybe it will be a beautiful turn on the dance floor, maybe it will be a power shot in a water polo game, or a great drive in a pickup basketball game, or a win for the Lakers.... and immediately, the memory of your loved one will come back.  And the day will come, as unbelievable as it seems now, when that memory brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye....  It will happen, I promise you.  My prayer for you is that day will come sooner rather than later," Biden said.


The entire video can be watched here:   http://vimeo.com/97881903