You Must See This Powerful Graduation Speech by This Harvard Grad

This powerful graduation speech will not only inspire graduates, but you too!

Whitney Gaspard May, 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Donovan Livingston graduated with a master’s of education from Harvard University. He was asked to deliver a Convocation for his college’s commencement. In place of the traditional eloquently written and witty graduation pep-talk, Livingston opted to recite a spoken word poem that has since gone viral.

The poem, titled Lift Off, proved to be much more than a graduation speech —- it was mirror to the obstacles of young black kids in the education system, including Livingston himself. 

“I’ve been a Black hole in the classroom for far too long,” he said. “Absorbing everything, without allowing my light escape. But those days are done. I belong among the stars.And so do you. And so do they.”

The school’s administration hailed it as “one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear.”

Take a listen and prepare to be inspired.

Watch the full speech here.