Will Ferrell Gave These College Grads Some Good Advice, And Then He Serenaded Them

"I will always love you, class of 2017."

Comedian Will Ferrell delivered the commencement address at his alma mater the University of Southern California on Friday. The speech was just as funny as you would expect, but it also contained some heartfelt advice ... before Ferrell broke into a stirring performance of "I Will Always Love You."

Ferrell received an honorary doctorate from the university, as did actress Helen Mirren. At one point he joked that he was up for the role of Queen Elizabeth. "Dame Helen Mirren, you stole my Oscar!" he shouted, making the actress laugh. He also announced that he would ask his family to address him as "Dr. Ferrell" from now on.

But it wasn't all jokes. Ferrell also spoke of his journey into the world of comedy, which began during his time studying sports Information at USC and continued after graduation, as he performed around Los Angeles. "I was just trying to throw as many darts at the dartboard, hoping that one would eventually stick," Ferrell recalled.

He brought this metaphor back around at the close of his speech, telling the crowd:

To those of you graduates sitting out there who have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do with your life, congratulations. For many of you who maybe don't have it all figured out, it's OK. That's the same chair that I sat in. Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don't listen to the critics and you will figure it out.

He then told the graduates that if they should ever get down, "just think of the support you have from this great Trojan family and imagine me, literally picture my face, singing this song gently into your ear." Cue the Whitney Houston classic, sung like only Will Ferrell could.

Watch the conclusion of Ferrell's speech starting at 23:00 below:

(H/T: Hello Giggles)


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