Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles has been on stage performing in front of thousands and thousands of fans and has even tackled Broadway as Roxy Hart in “Chicago,” but it was a commencement speech at her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, that had the country singer a tad nervous.
“I tell you what, I do this for a living,” she began her speech. “I stand in front of people and behind a microphone for a living and I am nervous this morning to do this. This is a big big day and such an honor for me.”
Jennifer, who studied sociology and anthropology at the women’s college in Decatur, Georgia, and graduated in 1997, was asked to speak to the class of 2018 graduates. Jennifer began talking to the class about being one of them. Because she was a graduate of Agnes Scott, she knew exactly what these students had gone through.
In her 18 minute speech, Jennifer motivated the youth of today, sharing inspiring words about what kind of woman she wants the ladies to be. “I want you to be fearless dream warriors,” she said. “I want you to be the boss ladies of your own lives. I want you to live authentically in your truth.
Jennifer also took on social media and the haters that we all inevitably encounter in our lives. “I want you to know your truth and let the haters hate. Know your worth, your dreams will help you here. You know why? Because your haters are rocket fuel,” Jennifer said to applause. “Don’t you tell a women with a dream what she can’t do—rocket fuel. And the internet is full of it. The internet is a veritable Exxon-Mobil grossly overflowing and filling our gorgeous oceanic hearts with haters.”
We should all be so lucky as to have Jennifer’s inspiring words follow us well into the future.
The 43-year-old took to Instagram to thank her alma mater for inviting her to speak. “It was an honor to deliver the commencement speech for my fellow sisters at @agnesscottcollege on Saturday. I challenged the graduates as I challenge you to choose love, never fear. Be curious, be noisy and chase your dreams!”