Dwayne Johnson delivers surprise virtual graduation address following heartfelt request

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson surprised a class of graduating high school students with a virtual address after he received a touching request to make an appearance.

The wrester-turned-actor delivered the heartfelt speech after a student impressed him with a letter.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star took to Instagram on Monday (June 15, 2020) to share the note from Lorraine Angelakos, a senior at Pompano Beach High School in Florida, in which she selflessly urged Johnson to speak to the graduating seniors, pointing out that some students won’t have the “luxury” of attending college, where celebrity-led commencement speakers are commonplace.

Johnson was further touched by Angelakos‘ offer of a $7 deposit “as part of a good faith request” and down payment for the appearance, noting that “sealed the deal”. Johnson famously had only that amount in his name when he embarked on his career.

Last month (May 2020), Johnson posted a video, in which he shared his despair over struggling to find a compassionate leader in the U.S. as the country “is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain”.

In his virtual address, Johnson shared that Angelakos had found the answer: “You’re right here. Here you are,” he shared. “We all must become the leaders that we’re looking for.”