Jennifer Nettles Delivers Empowering Commencement Speech at Alma Mater

Cue the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” because Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland has a few words of wisdom to say to the class of 2018.

After using her platform to stand up for many causes outside of country music, Nettles received an invite from her alma mater of Agnes Scott College to speak at their 129th commencement ceremony. Honored by the opportunity to send the next generation of grads off into their careers, the singer boosted each of the women up with her thoughtful yet encouraging words.

“What kind of woman do you want to be? ‘Cause I know what kind of women I want you to be. I want you to be fearless dream warriors, I want you to be the boss ladies of your own lives. I want you to live authentically in your truth. I want you to be so in touch with your truth that nothing can pull you off your path,” Nettles said to the graduates.

Nettles even joked with the crowd, filled with students and their families, that she was late in delivering her speech compared to former attendees such as Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. She earned a few laughs more from the faculty after pointing out some misconstrued ideas about who she is on an alumni Facebook page.

The Sugarland singer accepted her own diploma more than two decades ago in 1997. Nevertheless, she still cherished the skills that the college taught her as a young woman enough to chase her dreams and make it big as an artist in country music.

Sugarland’s forthcoming album, Bigger, will arrive on Friday, June 8.