P. Diddy’s Commencement speech at Howard University was anything but bland Saturday, May 10. The rapper, producer and successful entrepreneur went back to his academic roots, delivering a Commencement speech that seemed to resonate with Howard students on graduation day. Whether it was talking about his personal history, quoting The Notorious B.I.G. or reiterating how powerful the Howard family truly is, P. Diddy’s Commencement speech at Howard University was deemed a success in more ways than one.

We put together a list of the 15 lessons learned from P. Diddy’s self-proclaimed “Unicorn” Commencement speech, takeaways all speakers should take into account the next time they work their way onto the graduation stage.