John Legend Delivers Penn Commencement Speech, Earns Honorary Doctorate

John Legend returned to his alma mater on Monday to inspire graduates from his former school.

The Grammy-approved singer-songwriter delivered the University of Pennsylvania’s 258th commencement address. The Ivy League alum (who also received an honourary Doctor of Music degree) delivered a heartfelt speech imploring his fellow Penn grads to open their hearts to love and to pursue their passions in life.

“The reason I’ve had a wonderful journey so far, is because I’ve found love,” shared Legend. “The key to success is opening up your mind and your heart to love, and spending your time doing things you love with people you love.”;

Legend also used his time at the podium to sneak in a not-so-humblebrag about having the #1 song (“All of Me”;) on the Billboard Hot 100.

We have the full commencement address below if you’d like to soak in some of John Legend’s wisdom.



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