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Monday Round-Up: Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin Deliver Commencement Speech to University of Central Florida Graduates

The Griffin Brothers delivered a virtual commencement speech to UCF graduates over the weekend.


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No Pen, No Paper

As we first mentioned last week, Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin were preparing for the honor of delivering a virtual commencement speech at their alma mater, the University of Central Florida. The unique situation allowed the brothers to join the commencement virtually, as the thousands of UCF grads celebrated over the weekend.

When deciding what to speak about, Shaquill and Shaquem considered preparing a speech beforehand or consulting their agent for ideas, but decided to speak from the heart during their eight-minute speech. Sporting their best graduation attire, they touched on overcoming adversity during their lives while continuing through their time at UCF and the importance of taking advantage of every opportunity.

Shaquill notes one of his most transformative times in college – his Junior year was a particularly tough time, but he used his brother as his motivation to power through. "Adversity made me who I am today," Shaquem said. "Don't let adversity dictate who you are going to be. ... We know what to do when it comes. You beat it. You fight it. You attack it every single day it comes at you to become a better person, a better you."

At their close, Shaquill and Shaquem reminded the graduates to take full advantage of the opportunities of being a UCF Graduate: "Being a UCF Knight, all you need is an opportunity… There's no one better than UCF and I feel like we are the future. Let's continue to be great… and let's continue to strive for a better tomorrow," Shaquill said.

Watch the full unscripted commencement speech below.

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