Most graduates expect to be inspired by commencement speeches, but the seniors at Morehouse College received much more. Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith surprised the graduating class with a promise to pay their student loans.
“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” he told the newly minted graduates in Atlanta before saying his family was creating a grant to eliminate their student loans.
The reaction was a standing ovation where the students shouted in unison “MVP!”
“Now, I know my class will make sure they pay this forward,” he continued. “I want my class to look at these (alumni) — these beautiful Morehouse brothers — and let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward because we are enough to take care of our own community. We are enough to ensure we have all the opportunities of the American dream.”
— José Mallabo (@JoseMallabo) May 19, 2019
By BSM Team
Feature photo: CNN