Oprah Winfrey is officially a Harvard graduate. The media mogul received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and was on hand at the commencement ceremony to accept it.
“Oh my goodness, I’m at Harvard!” Winfrey said during her speech. “Not too many girls from rural Mississippi have made it all the way here to Cambridge.”
Winfrey told her fellow graduates that “you now have a chance to better your life, the life of your neighbours and that of your country… When you do that, that’s when your story gets really good.” She also advised the Harvard graduating class of 2013, saying “You want to max out your humanity.”
Winfrey also talked of her career as a journalist and how she pushed herself to get to where she is now. She also told graduates to have one-one-on real-life conversations with people away from social media. “Look them in the eye,” she said. “There’s a light inside each of you that illuminates your very human beingness.”