During Sunday’s closing concert at the CMA Music Festival, Trace Adkins slowed things down during a high-energy set to deliver the signature advice of his reflective hit “You’re Gonna Miss This,” which begins with a young girl who’s fed up with school.
The very next night, Trace went back to high school, delivering a 20-minute commencement speech Monday to 220 graduates at Piedmont High in Concord, N.C. He’d been asked by a couple of seniors who went to a lot of effort to get his attention, and the faculty was surprised when he said yes. The passion those students had for luring Trace was exactly the kind of intensity he told the kids they would need for success.
“As you go on — go to college, whatever it is you choose to learn more about — you need to have a passion for that, or you’re just wasting time,” Trace said, according to Charlotte’s WEAN-TV.
Dressed in a black suit, red tie and black hat, he spoke in slow, measured sentences as he wished the grads “the best that this life has to offer.”
“You can make this whatever you want it to be — you,” he continued. “It’s not already laid out for you. There’s no plan that some of these people have made that dictates what you’re gonna be or what you’re gonna do. It’s up to you. Just be passionate, have integrity and lead yourself to success.”
Of course, Trace couldn’t resist a little acerbic jab, either.
“Live with your parents as long as you can,” he told them, according to Charlotte’s WSOC-TV. “Just mooch off the old man for as long as you possibly can, because once you leave mama’s house, it’s all over now.”
Go here to view a portion of Trace’s commencement advice.