Bill Clinton speaks at UCF graduation ceremony



ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Central Florida is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Thursday, former President Bill Clinton spoke to more than 1,000 graduates at a campus commencement ceremony.

Clinton has spoken at UCF before, but this is the first time he has spoken at a graduation.

People needed a graduation ticket to get in.

People in the UCF arena screamed with excitement as Clinton walked in.

"It's so exciting. It's really an honor," said graduate Angela DelPrete.

Clinton has been a long-time supporter of UCF, and this was his third visit to the school.

"Some of you know, I am UCF's most ardent unpaid flack," Clinton said.

During his speech, the former president praised central Florida for its economic initiatives.

"I love this place. It's diverse, energetic and focused on the future," Clinton said

"To have such a huge former president give us so much respect, it really says a lot about our school and how much of a name we've started to make for ourselves," DelPrete said.

Clinton also gave words of inspiration.

"People of modest incomes have more power to change the course of history than ever before," Clinton said.

UCF held two commencement ceremonies Thursday but Clinton only spoke at one.

Even so, 10,000 people had the chance to hear him speak.

"To be in the one ceremony that he was speaking at, it was just so awesome to hear that news," DelPrete said.

Clinton offered this advice to new grads: "Do what makes you happy."

Clinton is the second U.S. president to speak at a UCF graduation ceremony.

President Richard Nixon spoke at UCF in 1973.