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'Go After It': Brian Williams' Advice to Hillwood Grads

Find out what happened when Brian Williams traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate the Hillwood High School Class of 2014 graduation.

The students at Hillwood High School never expected to convince Brian Williams to deliver their commencement address. But on Thursday night, there he was: dispensing wisdom to a crowd of smiling 2014 graduates.

It started with a YouTube video, and then the principal’s email request arrived.

“I was hooked,” Brian Williams told the students. “There was no way I was going to say no.”

That was months ago –- and finally, Williams arrived in Nashville, Tenn., to help Hillwood celebrate their graduation.

At one point, he paused to take a panoramic picture of the crowd.

"Break the cycle of entitlement -- go after it," he said. "After all, you went after me. Watch the first-person. The first person you should be talking about and thinking about is often someone else other than you."

See some of the best highlights here:

Watch the speech in its entirety below.