Seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida received their diplomas yesterday (Sunday), as did four of the students who were gunned down in the February mass shooting that left 17 dead.
The graduation ceremony was held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd and the press was not allowed inside. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was the surprise commencement speaker and told the students, "You are not just the future — you are the present. Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud." He continued, "First thing is this: When something feels hard, remember that it gets better. Choose to move forward. Don't let anything stop you."
Fallon also added in some laughs, telling the Class of 2018, "You won't be classmates anymore. You'll be adults who will Facebook search each other at 2 in the morning for the next 10 years." The four students who were supposed to graduate -- Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack, and Carmen Schentrup -- were all awarded a posthumous degree.