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Steve Harvey’s Speech at 2016 ASU Spring Commencement (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of television host and film producer Steve Harvey’s speech at 2016 Alabama State’s commencement.

Listen to the audio version here:

TRANSCRIPT:

I’m Dr. Harvey now, deal with it. Wow, first of all, let me say something. How honored I am to be asked to come here to speak on such an important occasion. You know, I didn’t spend the bulk of my career.

I’m in a joke telling business, peel the skin back on this banana. I’m in a joke telling business. God done changed me over the years. I found out I was a little bit more than jokes. Y’all did too. So now, I’m a doctor.

Now, one thing about me, if you ask me to come talk, I ain’t got no paper. I ain’t got no notes. I only talk from my heart. I come to say something today that they don’t teach in college. I’m going to tell you something that they can’t give you at this school. But don’t feel shorted because you got a great education.

What I come to tell you ain’t taught at no school. You can’t get it up in Tuscaloosa. You can’t give it up at Harvard. You can’t get this that I’m going to tell you at MIT. Because I’m going to tell you flat out the whole funky truth about how to get from the back to the front, how to come from the bottom to the top. I’m going to teach it to you today.

Appreciations

Now, listen. I want to thank Dr. Boyd. I want to thank Chairman Baker. Because I know they’ve been on my side the whole time. Me getting these bars today, it wasn’t a unanimous decision. I’m cool with that. I’m all right with that. I understand. You know, my team had to come down here and kind of get into a debate about why I should get.

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