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Will Ferrell Hits A High Note In His Whitney Houston-Inspired Commencement Address

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Is there a doctor in the house? Scanning the celebrities on stage at The Graham Norton Show, you would be surprise to see the camera stop on Will Ferrell.

The comedic actor has an honorary doctorate from the University of Southern of California.

So it was his job to make the inspirational speech to the 2017 graduating class.

"I hadn’t been put in that position before because usually I just make fun of things,” Ferrell admitted. “I just told them to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and reach for the stars -- which I read on the back of a cereal box.”


The 49-year-old actor graduated from the university in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Information, and returned this year to accept the prestigious award.

"Class of 2017, I just want you to know you will never be alone on whatever path you may choose. If you do have a moment where you feel a little 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," Ferrell said to the crowd of thousands on campus and thousands more watching the live​ ​stream.

But then his speech took an unexpected turn towards the end.

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