The lucky graduating class at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta was treated to a commencement address by none other than Oprah Winfrey on Saturday morning. Oprah had recently spent time in Atlanta last year filming her movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. According to Oprah, she was thrilled to be not only back in Atlanta, but on stage giving this commencement address.
She joked momentarily before stressing the importance of substance over material possessions. She continued, "Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn't fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service."
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The media mogul and talk show legend expressed how every student walking across that stage was not only graduating for themselves but for their families and loved ones. She also touched on the nation's current political climate and how respectful conversations with others can change the world. Oprah took time in the speech to talk about how even though she has success, it's not everything. Oprah said, "You're nothing if you're not the truth. I've made a living, I've made a life—I've made a fortune, really—all good!—from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it's really good, you can get a lot of great shoes!"
Oprah Winfrey is one to practice what she preaches. The former talk show host was awarded the Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor in 2013.