There is possibly no one better to get young students excited about their future than Oprah Winfrey.
The icon joined the graduating class of 2019 at Colorado College to give the commencement speech on Sunday.
The media mogul had some tips for the students. “First, you do need a job. It does not have to be your life’s mission… but a job that pays your rent and lets you move out of your parents’ house.”
She spoke about finding her path on television. From interviewing the Ku Klux Klan to a man who revealed to his wife on her show that his mistress was pregnant, Oprah knew she had to come up with a new mission, “How do we serve the viewer?”.
It was from that she was able to withstand the quick turnaround TV is known for. “I’ve done a good job on raising a lot of people,” she joked when talking about how long she was on for.
Oprah also had a gift for all the students.
“You get a book and you get a book and everybody gets a book,” she told them while revealing that her latest book “The Path Made Clear” would be free to download.
The school has an impressive history of people who have given commencement addresses including Dick Cheney and Sandra Day O’Connor.
While the gift of a book was very thoughtful, fellow Billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith was busy giving a commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta where he vowed to pay off the estimated $40 million in student debts of those graduating.
“This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans,” the students weren’t sure how to react until they all broke out in cheering and lots of tears.