- Jimmy Fallon gave a surprise commencement speech at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school graduation ceremony.
- The school was the site of a mass shooting in February, where 17 people were killed.
Jimmy Fallon made an unannounced visit to the graduation ceremony at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday and gave a surprise commencement speech.
“Today you’re graduating from high school,” the host NBC’s “The Tonight Show” said in his speech. “You should feel incredibly proud of yourselves. That doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels — or your yannys.”
The Parkland, Florida, high school is the site of a school shooting that took 17 lives in February. The ceremony took place in Florida Panthers hockey team’s home venue, BB&T Center, and graduates wore sashes that said “MSD Strong.” The families of the four seniors killed in the shooting — Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Carmen Schentrup, and Meadow Pollack — accepted their diplomas instead, according to Variety.
Congratulations Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 2018! You are not just the future – you are the present. Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud. #MSDStrong #YouAreThePresent pic.twitter.com/czvZwezKSt
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 3, 2018
“Here’s what will matter: you, the class of 2018, will have graduated. And you won’t be classmates anymore. You’ll be adults who Facebook search each other at two in the morning for the next ten years,” he said.
Parkland students were caught by surprise.
I cannot believe Jimmy Fallon was actually at my schools graduation. WILD.
— Morgan Williams #NEVERAGAIN (@morganw_44) June 3, 2018
he actually spoke at graduation… i wasn’t even in attendance and i’m in shock. thank you ❤️❤️ https://t.co/CwzGvO3YDu
— cat | #neveragain (@catibbetts_) June 3, 2018
— BCPS OSPA Chief (@BCPSChiefOSPA) June 3, 2018
Fallon also expressed his admiration for the graduating class.
“When something feels hard, remember that it gets better. Choose to move forward. Don’t let anything stop you,” he said. “Thank you for your courage and your bravery.”
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