Jennifer Nettles just recently hit the road to perform at country music festivals as one-half of award-winning duo, Sugarland. Somehow, in the middle of touring the country, promoting the forthcoming Sugarland album, Bigger, and celebrating Mother’s Day with her son, she found time to visit her alma mater.
Nettles graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia in 1997. It is a private women’s liberal arts school that typically enrolls under one thousand students. During her speech, the country music superstar challenged the graduates of the class of 2018.
What kind of woman do you want to be? ‘Cause I know what kind of women I want you to be. I want you to be fearless dream warriors, I want you to be the boss ladies of your own lives. I want you to live authentically in your truth. I want you to be so in touch with your truth that nothing can pull you off your path.
She later made her challenge more widespread, including her fans in the mission to follow dreams and live without fear.
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!
Nettles also encouraged the graduates to connect with others through language on a human level, rather than using hateful words (particularly on social media). She also left the graduates with her rendition of an Irish blessing to carry with them as they enter the real world.
Sugarland has sold almost ten million albums since 2002, earning seven No. 1 singles to date. The duo’s forty-eight city North American Still the Same Tour will officially kick off on May 25.
Watch Jennifer Nettles’ inspiring speech at her alma mater, Agnes Scott College’s, 129th commencement ceremony above.