Jimmy Buffett, is popular for his fun loving lyrics about island antics, wasting away in Margaritaville, sailing on the ocean and infamous frozen concoctions, but today, his words were written especially for 815 graduating students from the University of Miami. That’s right, Mr. Buffett delivered the commencement address at the 1 p.m. undergraduate ceremony on Friday, May 8, to the University of Miami schools of architecture, communication, education and human development, marine and atmospheric science, music, and nursing and health studies…while wearing flip flops and sunglasses.
He shared his love of South Florida and his early aspirations to be a marine biologist and attend the University of Miami. The graduates clapped and cheered as Buffett quoted Bob Marley and told them to “Be Santa Clause when you can!”
There have been many speeches and many graduations, but I can only assume the life lessons from Jimmy Buffett will be long remembered most by those lucky graduates who got to hear straight from the world’s most popular beach bum on how to make the most of life after graduation. Be sure to check out video of the ceremony.