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President of the University of Southern California C.L. Max Nikias, left, presents actor Will Ferrell with an honorary doctorate degree during USC's 134th commencement ceremony in Los Angeles on Friday, May 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Will Ferrell hit a high note for University of Southern California 2017 graduates


WATCH | Will Ferrell had plenty of jokes for USC's newest graduates.

Will Ferrell dropped some knowledge--and song--on the recent University of Southern California graduates on Friday during the delivery of his commencement speech.

After receiving his honorary degree, Ferrell, also an alum of USC, told the crowd, "I want the university to know that I don't take this prestigious honor lightly. I've already instructed my wife and my children from this point on, they have to address me as 'Dr. Ferrell.'"

Ferrell also took a moment to apologize to parents sitting there saying, 'Why Will Ferrell?"

Though he communicated plenty of jokes, he also offered words of wisdom to the young graduates, offering a brief moment of comfort to those who aren't sure which path to take. 

"For those who maybe don't have it all figured out, it's okay," he said seriously. "Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut. Keep on throwing darts at the dartboard. Don't listen to the critics. And you will figure it out."

Towards the end of the speech, Ferrell busted out in song--perhaps the most notable moment of the entire speech--telling the grads to "literally picture [his] face" in moments of uncertainty singing this: "I will always love you."

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