VIDEO: John Legend Speaks & Sings at U Penn Commencement Ceremony
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On Monday, May 19, the University of Pennsylvania community and 5,000 graduates gathered for the 258th Commencement ceremony
Commencement speaker John Legend, an alumnus of the school, encouraged the graduates to "go all in" and approach professional and personal pursuits with passion as they begin the next chapter of their lives. "As a musician, this is about 10 hours before I go to work, so I'm gonna need a nap soon," Legend joked before singing a self-deprecating remix of his smash hit, "All Of Me" which included the lyrics, "All of you/Are so over me/You're tired of hearing that I went to Penn/Why'd they bring him back again?"
"That was my humblebrag way of saying that I have the biggest song in the country right now."
The musician went on to share, "I fell in love with music at a very young age. We're taught when we're young that the opposite of love is hate, but it's not. Hate is a byproduct, hate is a result. Being a hater isn't cool -- nobody wants that. But hate comes from one thing: fear. Fear is the opposite of love."
Watch the speech below!