ATLANTA -- The Agnes Scott College class of 2017 had one major special guest at Saturday's commencement ceremony - Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey delivered the 128th commencement address early Saturday morning and received an honorary degree.
"The struggle is real out there," Winfrey said. "The struggle to remain compassionate and the struggle to remain committed and the struggle to constructively engage - that's the struggle that you're in for class of 2017. But I'm betting on you, Agnes Scott women, I'm betting on you."
A name known in any household, Winfrey has made her name in many areas including her 25 years as host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and as chairperson and CEO of her own cable network "OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network" and founder of "O, The Oprah Magazine."
She has also received the Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor - and been nominated for an Academy Award.
But what brought her to Saturday's graduation was one special student. As the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, she has donated more than $100 million to educate girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. As the organization celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, one of the graduates from that program was also a member of the 2017 graduating class at Agnes Scott.
"My daughter girl has had the great privilege of growing and blossoming here at Agnes Scott," Winfrey said.
She added that her organization now has 179 girls in college leading to five graduations in four different states in the next week alone.
She also spoke to the group about self-fulfillment and how it played into her own life.
"The biggest reward is not financial benefit - though it's really good, you can get a lot of great shoes. Nothing wrong with great shoes." Winfrey said. "But those of you who have a lot of shoes know that having great shoes and a closet full of shoes or cars or houses or square footage doesn't fill up your life - it doesn't. But living a life of substance can - substance of your service, your offering of your whole self."
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