Get ready to seriously smile. On Friday, May 12, the ever-hilarious Will Ferrell gave a commencement speech at the University of Southern California that was full of laugh-out-loud moments, but also was legitimately inspiring. The comedian was given an honorary doctorate, which he claimed authorized him to "perform minimally invasive surgery." Ferrell also joked that he now insisted that his wife and children refer to him as Dr. Ferrell. "There will be no exceptions," he told the crowd, "especially at our children's various school functions, and when opening Christmas presents."
Ferrell’s speech included its share of funny moments, like a section where he named other organizations that he’d spoken at during his career. "I'm still waiting to get paid by Trump University," he joked. "In fact, it turns out I owe Trump University money for the honor to speak at Trump University." But besides making the graduates laugh uncontrollably, there were also touching parts of Ferrell’s speech. For instance, when he spoke on his definition of success. The Anchorman star said,
It's great that despite his success, Ferrell still remains humble and recognizes the importance of family.
Ferrell graduated from University of Southern California in 1990, according to AOL, and in this commencement speech, the comedian spoke of one professor who made a large impact in his life. He shared,
As Ferrell notes, Professor Gottesman's recognition of his comedic talent was one of the driving factors in his decision to pursue a career in entertainment. He explained,
Ferrell ended his address by encouraging the graduating class and explaining that they should never feel alone in life. “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…”
The comedian then busted out an epic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” as the crowd erupted in laugher yet again.
You can check out a video of Ferrell's full commencement speech above. It's a lengthy — but totally enjoyable — address. Though, if you just want to see him singing, then skip to the 24-minute mark. Personally, I loved the speech and was glad to see that Ferrell was able to strike a balance between hilarious and super inspiring.