News & Opinion | June 4, 2018 8:51 am

Jimmy Fallon Surprise Speaker at Stoneman Douglas Graduation

'Tonight Show' host delivers commencement at high school traumatized by mass shooting.

Graduates of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are seen as they head to their cars after attending their graduation ceremony at the BB&T Center on June 3, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. Fourteen students and three staff members died in the Feb. 14th attack by Nikolas Cruz. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are seen as they head to their cars after attending their graduation ceremony at the BB&T Center on June 3, 2018 in Sunrise, Florida. Fourteen students and three staff members died in the Feb. 14th attack by Nikolas Cruz. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon is known for delivering humorous surprises on an unsuspecting audience. With his surprise visit to the graduation ceremony for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, however, the late night host wasn’t aiming for laughs.

Fallon stunned the crowd with a guest appearance at the Class of 2018’s convocation at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., delivering a speech to the 784 graduating students still reeling from the Feb. 14 mass shooting at their school.

“When something feels hard, remember that it gets better,” Fallon told the assembled students and their families in his speech. “Choose to move forward, and don’t let anything stop you.”

The four seniors  who were among the 17 victims of the massacre — Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack, and Carmen Schentrup —  were each awarded a posthumous degree.