Seth Meyers Urges Graduates to Vote, Digs at Trump in Northwestern Commencement Speech
"Remember that the worst things that happen in this country don’t happen because of hate or rage or fear — they happen because of apathy," Meyers told students Friday. "I encourage you to do the most you can while remembering the least you can do is vote. So, vote this election."
On Friday, Late Night host Seth Meyers returned to his alma mater, Northwestern University, and delivered a joke-packed commencement speech in which he made a direct jab at Donald Trump.
Addressing the graduating class, Meyers joked that he wanted to share an inspirational speech, but thought it'd be easier to copy the wise words of other commencement speakers who had already had their time at the podium.
"Since Northwestern is on the quarter system, and this is the last graduation of any major university, I realized I could just steal a quote from another 2016 commencement speaker," he joked, before proceeding to quote words from both first lady Michelle Obama and actor-writer Lin-Manuel Miranda and setting up his dig at presidential candidate Trump.
"I think my favorite inspirational quote came from Donald Trump," Meyers said to loud cheers, "who said to the graduates of Trump University, 'If you want your money back, you’re gonna have to sue me, you losers.'"
The Northwestern alum went on to encourage graduating students and all millennials to make a difference and exercise their power to vote.
"Don’t let older generations blame you for what they see as the problems of the world. You’re too young for any of this to be your fault," said Meyers. "You have a good decade before any of this is on you, so my only advice is — use those 10 years well."
He continued: "Remember that the worst things that happen in this country don’t happen because of hate or rage or fear — they happen because of apathy. I encourage you to be people of action. I encourage you to do the most you can while remembering the least you can do is vote. So, vote this election. Don’t forget."
Earlier in the week, Meyers told Late Night viewers that Trump was banned from appearing on his show, a decision made in response to Trump's announcement that the Washington Post had been banned from covering his rallies.
Watch the full commencement address below.