Oprah Winfrey advised graduates at Skidmore College to follow in their “inner truth” and live a spiritual life, during a commencement speech Saturday in the northern part of the state of New York.
The author, actress and former talk show host was speaking at the graduation ceremony in Saratoga Springs, where one of the more than 600 members of the Class of 2017 included a student who had participated in its Leadership Academy.
The media mogul opened the academy in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.
Winfrey is speaking at another commencement Sunday at Smith College, a female liberal arts school in Northampton, Massachusetts. Another one of her Leadership Academy alumna will be receiving a diploma.
After receiving an honorary doctorate of letters and in the arts of the private liberal arts college during the ceremony held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Winfrey has lectured graduates on some of the secrets of her success.
“I’m so blessed to live in the dream of God,” she said, pointing at what she has learned to follow her “inner truth” in the career decisions going back more than three decades.
“It’s a big, bad world out there,” she advised, but encouraged the graduates on the labour market by adding: “There is nothing more powerful than you, with your personality, to serve the vocation of yourself.”