Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey was the surprise winner of Bon Jovi's Crash My Commencement contest as the group showed up at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday (May 16).
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi offered a few words of encouragement to the graduates before leading the band into an acoustic version of "Reunion" from the group's latest album, "This House Was Not For Sale."
He also did a meet-and-greet with administrators and students who helped with the college's entry into the competition.
In his address, Bon Jovi told the graduates:
"Choose your words wisely -- not only those you say to others but also the words you say to yourself. Don't take anything personally. Accept both praise and criticism equally, but take neither to heart. Never assume or judge a book by its cover; /the truth is, there are many surprises awaiting you on your journey. Pursue perfection, though it's impossible to achieve. You should demand excellence and do your best. Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the beginning of another. Enjoy the book...you're the one writing it."
Before we crashed FDU's Graduation Day at MetLife! Congrats FDU Grads ?We had a blast. Be sure to check out tomorrow's Good Morning America for an inside look. #fdugrad
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Bon Jovi is off the road until an August 18 show at the Enjoie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., and an appearance at the Rock In Rio festival on September 22 in Brazil.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.