“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was the surprise commencement speaker at Sunday’s graduation ceremony for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Parkland, Florida, shooting where 17 were killed.
The ‘Tonight Show’ host urged graduates at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February to move forward and “don’t let anything stop you.”
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 #YouAreThePresent pic.twitter.com/czvZwezKSt
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 3, 2018
The senior class from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February received diplomas Sunday and heard from surprise commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon, who urged graduates to move forward and “don’t let anything stop you.”
Four families were to receive diplomas on behalf of loved ones who were slain in the attack that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control. Principal Ty Thompson underscored the honors for the dead students in a tweet.
“Remember those not with us, and celebrate all the successes the Class of 2018 has brought to the community and the world!” Thompson tweeted.
The parents of Joaquin Oliver, one of the students slain in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in February, walk on stage during graduation to accept his diploma.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 3, 2018
The Tonight Show host offered similar praise, saying, “You are not just the future — you are the present. Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. has awarded posthumous degrees to the 4 seniors who died in the Valentine’s Day massacre. Parents or family friends accepted the diplomas on the victims’ behalf. pic.twitter.com/II7lBBsS05
— Madeleine Wright (@MWrightReports) June 3, 2018
In a video of his address, Fallon joked that the students “won’t be classmates anymore. You’ll be adults who will Facebook search each other at 2 in the morning for the next 10 years.”
Turning more serious, he said: “First thing is this: When something feels hard, remember that it gets better. Choose to move forward. Don’t let anything stop you.” Fallon thanked them for their bravery and activism.
This is the cap @davidhogg111 will graduate from high school in today — the $1.05 price tag represents the amount the NRA has spent to support Marco Rubio’s campaigns, divided by every student in the state of Florida.#StonemanDouglas #NeverAgain #MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/YXTghPdXza
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The private ceremony for the nearly 800 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School class of 2018 was held at the BB&T Center, where the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers play. It was moved to the arena to accommodate the expected large crowd. Reporters were not permitted inside the arena.
— Sam (@samanta_yuen) June 3, 2018
My ? is with the MSD C/O 2018 today. ?
For me, it is too painful to celebrate w/o Carmen. But I am proud of Carmen’s friends & classmates on their accomplishments. They’ve overcome so much. I know they will cont to make positive changes.
Carmen’s senior photo w/ cap & gown. pic.twitter.com/L808KwGNc0
— April Schentrup (@AprilSchentrup) June 3, 2018