Will Ferrell's Commencement Speech For New York Private School Fieldston

07/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Irina Aleksander The New York Observer

On the morning of Thursday, June 11, the damp and leafy Riverdale campus of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School welcomed a tall, curly-headed visitor to deliver the commencement address before its graduating upper class of boys and girls in blue caps and gowns.

Will Ferrell did not have a child graduating from the school. And he is not among the school's notable alumni, which include broadcaster Barbara Walters, filmmaker Sofia Coppola and New Yorker film critic David Denby. The actor's presence, as a few resourceful parents learned and his publicist confirmed, was a personal favor to Today host Meredith Vieira, who had a daughter graduating that day.

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