Pharrell Williams dropped by via webcam to the virtual graduation ceremony for Norfolk State University, an HBCU in his hometown of Virginia, to give a surprise commencement speech to all the graduates. NSU unfortunately had no choice but to conduct their ceremony virtually as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but Pharrell raised the graduates’ spirits by offering them some inspiring words in these troubling times.

“Even if this is not the norm, you guys and girls still deserve all the praise,” Pharrell said in his speech. “You stuck it through, you made it and today’s your day.” He also explained his close connection to the university, despite never having attended.

Watch Pharrell’s full NSU commencement speech at the link here.

Pharrell Gives Surprise Commencement Speech to Norfolk State University Graduates


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