Oprah talks persistence, goodwill at Spelman graduation



ATLANTA - Media icon Oprah Winfrey delivered an address to some 550 Spelman graduates on Sunday at Georgia International Convention Center.

"As I stand before you, I see the reflection of myself in your eyes. I feel your desire to do well," Winfrey told the 125th graduating class of Spelman College.

After the glee club sang its message, Winfrey brought her address, aiming to empower Spelman graduates to know who they are, find a way to serve and always do the right thing.

"We want to be unforgettable and not forgettable, so do the right thing even when nobody knows. You will always bring the right thing to you," she told the young women.

She then tasked them to make a positive change in the world.

"When they see you coming, it ought to make them proud," Winfrey said before reciting a poem of inspiration.

At the ceremony, Spelman leaders honored Winfrey for her education efforts, including her leadership academy for girls in south Africa.

Three students from Oprah's school have been accepted to attend Spelman next year, officials said.

Another college within the Atlanta University Center, also sent its students to the workforce on Sunday.

Some 500 Morehouse graduates heard final words from outgoing president Dr. Robert Franklin.

Franklin, an educator and entrepreneur, will step down from his leadership role at the historic all-male college in June.

Radio host Tom Joyner also spoke at Morehouse's commencement, along with Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, who underscored the importance of character, telling graduates "a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches."