May 23-- Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a guest appearance during Texas Tech's virtual graduation ceremonies on Saturday.
Mahomes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, told the future generation to "go out and win your Super Bowl" during a speech that lasted less than two minutes.
"I'm beyond excited that I get to share this celebration with my fellow Red Raiders," Mahomes said. "I know this isn't the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned but that doesn't change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone.
"I know this is for sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student. I'm sure you'd rather be hitting up Chimy's or Broadway to celebrate this day, but the world is in a different place today than it was just a few weeks ago, and as Red Raiders, we're built to persevere in difficult times.
"We've all had to take a moment and learn to adjust to these new challenges, and when the odds are stacked against us, we make a play, and I can tell you, this is going to make us all more competitive and hungrier than ever. Remember, this is still a day to celebrate-to look back on your friends you've made, the professors who have changed your life and the memories that you will cherish forever. Whatever plans lie in front of you, I have no doubt you will go out there and show the world what it means to come from Lubbock, Texas. Go out and win your Super Bowl. Congrats, class of 2020. I can't wait to see what you do next."
Mahomes played at Texas Tech from 2014-16, throwing 41 touchdowns his final season in 2016. He's since become a star in the NFL, winning the league's MVP award in 2018 and leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl last season.
Texas Tech had to go virtual for its graduation ceremonies, which are usually held at United Supermarkets Arena, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Along with Mahomes, other speakers included Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec.
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