Not 1 but 2 graduation speeches for Oprah this weekend

- Oprah Winfrey advised graduates at Skidmore College to follow their "inner truth" and live a spiritual life during a commencement speech Saturday in upstate New York.

The author, actress and former talk show host spoke at the graduation in Saratoga Springs, where one of the more than 600 members of the Class of 2017 included a student who had attended her Leadership Academy.

The media mogul opened the academy in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.

After receiving an honorary doctorate of letters in the arts from the private liberal arts college during the ceremony held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Winfrey lectured graduates on some of the secrets to her success.

"I have been so blessed to live inside the dream of God," she said, noting that she has learned to follow her "inner truth" in career decisions going back more than three decades.

"It's a big, bad world out there," she advised, but encouraged the graduates by adding: "There is nothing more powerful than you using your personality to serve the calling of yourself."

Sunday, Winfrey spoke at the commencement at Smith College, a women's liberal arts school in Northampton, Massachusetts. Another one of her Leadership Academy alumna will be receiving a degree there.

Winfrey said Smith College graduates should seek fulfillment by serving others.
 
She addressed more than 600 graduates at the college's 139th commencement. She was among five women who received an honorary degree from the women's liberal arts school.
 
Winfrey told the graduates to "shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come." She says empowerment comes from understanding that there's an "alignment between who you are and what you do."
 
 One of Smith's graduating students, Morgan Mpungose, attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.
 
Winfrey mentioned Mpungose in her speech, referring to her as Winfrey's academy "daughter."
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