During a large but private graduation ceremony on Sunday, seniors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High closed the door on a school year marked by tragedy.
Inside the BB&T Center in Sunrise, the stadium where the Florida Panthers professional hockey team plays, more than 400 students donned caps and gowns as their names were called out to cheers and they collected their diplomas.
— BCPS OSPA Chief (@BCPSChiefOSPA) June 3, 2018
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“Keep making good choices,” urged “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, their commencement speaker. “I’m not saying it because you need to learn it. I’m saying it because you already taught it to all of us.”
Fallon bobbed between humor and uplift during his speech. “I can’t promise that life will be easy, but if you make good choices and keep moving forward, I can promise that it will get better in ways you haven’t even thought of,” he said.
“Today, you are graduating from high school. You should be incredibly proud of yourselves. That does not mean you should rest on your laurels, or your yannys,” Fallon said.
After the ceremony, he added a tweet:
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