Jimmy Fallon To Parkland Graduates: ‘That Was You Selecting Hope Over Fear’

Enlarge this imageJimmy Fallon presents a commencement speech to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High University seniors throughout their graduation ceremony on Sunday, with the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionSun Sentinel/TNS via Getty ImagesJimmy Fallon offers a graduation speech to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Large University seniors in the course of their graduation ceremony on Sunday, with the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty ImagesJimmy Fallon made a surprise visit at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Significant School’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, nearly four months after the students survived a shooting that killed 17 of their cla smates and teachers. In his commencement speech, Fallon offered comic relief and thanked the student activists who have been spearheading gun control reform. “Today you’re graduating from significant college,” Fallon, host of The Tonight https://www.sunsedge.com/Elie-Okobo-Jersey Show, said. “You should feel incredibly proud of yourselves. That doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels or your yannys.” Yannys and Laurels aside, he continued, “Here’s what will matter: You, the cla s of 2018, will have graduated. And you won’t be cla smates anymore. You’ll be adults who Facebook search each other at two in the morning for the next 10 years.” Congratulations Marjory Stoneman Douglas Cla s 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 In simultaneous dig at himself, and a nod to the far-reaching movement inspired by MSD students who showed not all change-makers are adults, Fallon humorously ushered in the occasion as “Opposite Day.” “When you think of graduation speakers, you think of people who are inspirational, people who are eloquent, people who’ve changed the world,” he said. “When you think of higher faculty students, you think of people who are immature, slightly awkward, still learning to be an adult.”In the ceremony’s venue, the BB&T Center, home to the Florida Panthers hockey team, Fallon then delivered the graduating seniors Jevon Carter Jersey some “real-world advice.” “When something feels hard, remember that it gets better. Choose to move forward. Don’t let anything stop you,” he told the graduates, who wore sashes that read “MSD Strong.” The families of the four seniors who had died in the shooting Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver,Meadow Pollack, Carmen Schentrup accepted diplomas on their behalf.He mentioned having met some of the students with the “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C., earlier this year: “It was an amazing day.” “Thank you for your courage and your bravery,” he said, “and for giving amazing speeches I could never po sibly live up to.” He says he and his wife brought his two young daughters to Sunday’s Dragan Bender Jersey event “because we wanted them to see what hope and light looks like.” The comedian poked fun at what, at first, he saw as a personal setback for his younger self, who he said “wasn’t dumb” but “just had other strengths.” Obligated to go to summer faculty, happily, he said, it turned out “I met 15 versions of myself. Everyone was funny and slightly dumb. I loved summer school!” In other words, he said, “Some things that seem like setbacks can take our lives in a totally new direction they change us in ways we don’t expect. And they make us better, and stronger.” “You guys have already proven that to everyone,” he said. “You took something horrific, and instead of letting it stop you, you started a movement.” “The whole world has heard your voice. And that was you making a choice,” he said. “That was you picking out hope over fear.” You can listen to Fallon’s full graduation speech below: Michael WalkerYouTube