The graduating class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, had a major celebrity at their commencement on Sunday.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon showed up to the school’s graduation ceremony along with delivered a passionate speech about inspiration, pride along with moving forward. On Valentine’s Day, 14 students along with three adults were killed during a school shooting. Since the tragedy, many students at the high school have become activists along with outspoken advocates for gun control.
“When you think of commencement speakers, you think of people who are inspirational. People who are eloquent, people who have changed the globe,” Fallon, 43, began. “When you think of high school students, you think of people who are a little immature, slightly awkward, still learning too be an adult. Welcome to opposite day.”
While the late-night personality’s speech was all about changing the globe, of which didn’t stop him via cracking a few jokes.
“Today you’re graduating via high school. You should feel incredibly proud of yourselves. of which doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels — or your yannies,” Fallon quipped. “Some of you will grow up to hear yanny, some of you will grow up to hear laurel, nevertheless the most important thing to know will be of which neither of these things will matter by the end of the summer.”
Fallon called the students, specifically those who organized along with spoke at The March For Our Lives in Washington D.C., “what expect along with light looks like.”
“Every bad experience can have something not bad of which comes out of of which. Sometimes things of which seem like setbacks can take our lives in totally fresh directions, can change us in ways we don’t expect. along with make us better, along with stronger. You guys have already proved of which to everyone,” he said in praise of the student body. “You took something horrific along with instead of letting of which sop you, you started off a movement. Not just here in Florida, not just in America, nevertheless throughout the whole world. The whole world has heard your voice — along with of which was you doing a choice. of which was you choosing to take something awful along with using of which to create change. of which was you choosing expect over fear.”
The Saturday Night Live alum encouraged the graduates to “hear additional voices” along with to “be kind, along with think ahead, along with have courage.”
“Try fresh things. Remember the past, nevertheless don’t stay there,” he continued. “Honor your fellow humans. Keep laughing. Celebrate anything you can, as often as you can, because of which’s fun.”
Fallon added, “Write letters along with send them which has a stamp in a mailbox. Try of which. Say hello to people. Smile more often. Be kind to people who wait on your table, or bag your groceries, or move your furniture. along with when you dance, dance via the inside.”
The funnyman saved his most important piece of advice for the end. “If I can give you one last piece of advice, of which would likely be of which: Don’t ever get off your parents’ wireless plan,” he quipped. “Ride of which train as long as possible ’cause you have no idea how expensive data will be.”
On a serious note, Fallon concluded the speech by telling the graduates, “You’re not the future, you’re the present. You are the present. You are succeeding. You are doing us proud. You are changing the globe, so keep changing the globe along with keep doing us proud.”
Fallon’s remarks seemed to spark the right notes with the crowd in Parkland. “One parent texted us, ‘He’s doing me cry along with laugh,'” journalist Dianne Gallagher tweeted.
Another Twitter user called the speech “everything.”
Student Kyra Parrow thanked Fallon for “a not bad laugh,” while graduate Lex Michael called the ceremony “emotional.”
Meanwhile, Late Night host Seth Meyers called Fallon’s appearance at the graduation “the perfect use of a Sunday.”
Here’s another memorable moment via Fallon: