University High’s Class of 2020 didn’t get to walk the graduation stage, but they received a special treat from the school’s famous alumnus.
“Hey you guys, it’s Will Ferrell giving a shoutout to the graduating class of University High School,” the comedy superstar said in a video message shared on Principal Kevin Astor’s Facebook page.
“I know this wasn’t what you were hoping for or what you expected when you began this school year,” Ferrell told the graduating seniors. “But here’s the good news: You’re graduating, and you did it. Woo! Your friends and family could not be prouder of you.”
The video was also played at University High’s virtual graduation ceremony, which featured student performances and video and photo montages.
Ferrell was born and raised in Irvine, attending Culverdale Elementary and Rancho San Joaquin Middle School. In 1986, he graduated from University High, where he played soccer, basketball, baseball and football. He also served on the student council.
He went on to become a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and later starred in hit comedy films such as “Anchorman.”
“I just wanted to say I’m thinking about you guys and ‘Go Trojans!’ DJ hit it!” Ferrell said at the end of the video, as Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE” began playing.
“I have a DJ who lives here with me, but I’m not allowed to show it to you. Alright, bye bye.”