On February 14, 2018, a gunman took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Over the last few months, the students and faculty have been trying to cope and move forward.
On Sunday, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School class of 2018 graduated, and Jimmy Fallon made a special appearance to give a speech. Only a little bit of his speech was documented, which you can see below.
A tiny snippet of some jokes from @jimmyfallon speech at #StonemanDouglas graduation.— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) June 3, 2018
Fallon also focused on the leadership of the MSD students in the wake of personal tragedy- thanking them for being leaders. pic.twitter.com/DDMz6hQ1EC
According to PopSugar:
After cracking a few jokes during his speech, he took a more serious note as he offered some encouraging words to the graduation class. "The first thing is this: when something feels hard, remember that it gets better," he said. "Choose to move forward. Don't let anything stop you."
Fallon was asked to be there by school faculty member, Jeffrey Foster.
A certain teacher worked really hard to:— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) June 3, 2018
1- get this guest speaker (MSD typically doesn’t have guest graduation speakers)
2- keep it a secret
He worked hard & kept it a secret! #StonemanDoiglas teacher @mrjefffostermsd with @jimmyfallon. Foster, a graduation grand marshal, told us earlier this week the school held meetings planning for the right tone of this graduation- a balance of celebration & sadness. pic.twitter.com/bnmklVGV85— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) June 3, 2018
Forever grateful for @jimmyfallon to speak to our graduates. Amazing speech that meant the world to our kids and sporting our backpack. Thanks @mrjefffostermsd for making this happen. pic.twitter.com/Jen5NXAI9c— Sandra Davis (@mrsdavismsd) June 4, 2018
It certainly was a beautiful way to help the school heal from a terrible tragedy. This is why people love Jimmy Fallon! Click here to read more.