Jimmy Fallon Gives Surprise Speech At Marjory Stoneman Douglas Graduation
"Thank you for your courage and your bravery. And for giving amazing speeches I couldn't possibly live up to."
Jimmy Fallon surprised the students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during their graduation ceremony by giving the commencement address.
Praising the students for their bravery and maturity in the events after the February shooting that killed 17 at the Parkland school, comedian Fallon kept the jokes to a minimum.
"When something feels hard," Fallon told the class of 2018, "remember that things get better. Choose to move forward. Don't let anything stop you".
Fallon also remembered meeting many of the Parklands students during the March for Our Lives rally in Washington earlier in the year.
"It was an amazing day, thank you for your courage and bravery. My wife and I brought our two little girls because we wanted to show them what hope and light look like".
Graduates wore sashes reading "MDS Strong", a hashtag that became synonymous with the students who have stood up for change and have not let their 17 peers' deaths been in vain.
Families of the four seniors who were killed in the shooting -- Joaquin Oliver, Carmen Schentrup, Meadow Pollack and Nicholas Dworet -- accepted diplomas on their behalf.
Fallon rounded out his speech thanking the students for, "showing us what it looks like to have integrity, courage and bravery in the face of terrible tragedy".
"Thank you for showing me and the whole world that there is hope."
"Most commencement speakers will get up here and talk in the future tense, 'You will succeed, you will make us proud, you will change the world'. Most commencement speakers will say, 'You are the future,' but I'm not going to say that because you're not the future.
You're the present. You are succeeding. You are making us proud. You are changing the world."
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