SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The surprise commencement speaker at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February was Jimmy Fallon, who said he wanted to thank the students personally for their courage and bravery.
Most commencement speakers get up and talk in future tense: You will succeed. You will make us proud, you will change the world, the Tonight Show host said. But Im not going to say that, because youre not the future. Youre the present. … You are succeeding, you are making us proud.
Fallon joked about his own less-than-stellar high school performance it took having to go to summer school to find my people, he said before telling the students that theyre already proven how setbacks can change us in ways we dont expect, and make us better, and stronger.