“Oh my goodness! I’m at Haaaaaarvard!” That’s how Oprah Winfrey began her speech at yesterday’s Harvard University graduation ceremony—in her spirited, signature way.
“Not too many girls from rural Mississippi have made it all the way here to Cambridge,” she said of the honor of speaking at the Massachusetts-based college.
“I consider today to be a defining milestone in a very long and blessed journey.” Winfrey also received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the university before taking to the podium.
Winfrey had plenty of inspiring words for the Class of 2013 (she even joked about wishing she could tell everyone to look under their seats to find a free master’s and doctoral degree), and also touched on political issues like gun control, immigration, and public education.
“We all know that we are better than the cynicism and the pessimism that is regurgitated throughout Washington and the 24-hour cable news cycle,” she said.
But the media mogul spent most of her 30-minute speech advising the new graduates on how best to navigate the next chapter of their lives.
“My one hope today is that I can be a source of some inspiration,” she said. “I’m going to address my remarks to anybody who’s ever felt inferior, disadvantaged or screwed by life.”
Watch the incredibly motivational video below.