Sunday's graduation ceremony was taking place at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, home to the NHL's Florida Panthers.
"I felt bad for him, Grady said".
The "Tonight Show" host offered similar praise, saying, "You are not just the future - you are the present". Each of them would have been graduating on Sunday. She and the others all received standing ovations. Meanwhile, his mother wore a yellow shirt that read, "This should be my son".
"Graduation where she would've been getting her diploma and be on her way to attend college", he said.
Hunter Pollack, brother of victim Meadow Pollack, received his sister's diploma in her stead. According to CNN, students sang "Shine", a song they wrote after the shooting. Keep changing the world.
Students, parents, teachers, and members of the Stoneman Douglas and Parkland communities tweeted photos and their thoughts ahead of the graduation ceremony. Representatives for teacher Scott Beigel, Coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon each accepted a statue of an eagle in their honor.
"Today you're graduating from high school", he told the students.
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"You should feel incredibly proud of yourselves". That doesn't mean you should rest on your laurels.
Fallon's speech included several jokes, as well as an inspirational message, reports Deadline. Meadow's brother, boyfriend and cousins will accept her diploma.
Senior David Hogg, a prominent voice in the Never Again movement, wore an orange cap with a price tag for $1.05 attached to the tassel. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). That amount was calculated from the $3.3 million that the National Rifle Association has donated to Rubio's campaign, divided by the 3.1 million public and private students across the state. The number refers to how much Florida students are worth to Sen.
Students weren't the only ones making a statement.
The color orange has been used to symbolize the protests against gun violence.
Oliver, 17, had talked about pursuing a career in marketing after graduating, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The commencement marks the end of a school year beset by the unfathomable horror of the February 14 mass shooting and the grief that continues to overwhelm the community, but also the sense of pride in the school community's response, most acutely seen with the student-led demands for gun control that grew into a national movement but also in the calls by students and parents to improve school safety.