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Dr. Bon Jovi Salutes Underdogs In Graduation Speech 17 May 2001
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This commencement speaker saw a thousand faces and he rocked them all.

WEST LONG BRANCH, New Jersey Jon Bon Jovi might be just another underdog from Jersey, but now he's an underdog from Jersey with a doctorate in humanities.

The pop-rock singer received the honorary degree and gave the commencement address at Monmouth University on Wednesday (May 16), telling the class of 2001 not to be in awe of students from bigger, better-known schools.

"Every year, there's a new crop of talent making records who want my spot," Bon Jovi told the graduates, who were seated on folding chairs on a lawn behind the university's Woodrow Wilson Hall. "At this very moment, all across the country, thousands of graduates are receiving diplomas, some from schools like Yale, Georgetown and Dartmouth, who may think their piece of paper is more valuable or their commencement speaker more impressive.

"Remember, we're from Jersey. We've been underdogs all of our lives," Bon Jovi said to cheers.


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