Jon Bon Jovi Surprises College Graduates With Life Advice And A Special Performance

"There are many surprises awaiting you on the journey."

Last week, commencement speaker Will Ferrell treated graduates at the University of Southern California to a musical performance. The effect was probably slightly different than when Jon Bon Jovi did the same thing for Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.

Bon Jovi and his band made a surprise appearance at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the school's commencement ceremony. According to AP, the university won a contest run by MTVU asking students to tweet their college memories with the hashtag #JBJReunion.



Bon Jovi sang "Reunion," which he first performed in 2015 for Rutgers University's commencement ceremony. He added that the song had special meaning this year, as the parent of two kids graduating from college.

The singer also offered some solid advice to the graduates. "Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another. Enjoy the book; you're the one writing it," he told them. "Don't take anything personally. Accept both praise and criticism equally, but take neither to heart. There are many surprises awaiting you on the journey."

In a backstage interview before the ceremony, Bon Jovi also shared with AP another lesson he hopes graduates take to heart as they step into the next stage of their lives.

"Whatever your vision of how your life is going to be going forward, do it in pencil," the New Jersey native said. "The great thing is the journey is about to begin. You may take some turns along the way that may take you to somewhere you never even dreamed of going. It's a great journey."



Students shared their shocked reactions on Twitter, and seemed to listen to one particular line in Bon Jovi's song: "Take pictures each step of the way / Make this the best of the rest of your days."

It's not the first time Bon Jovi has surprised fans. Last year, he showed up to meet a cancer patient at her favorite restaurant.