Last year, Pharrell taught a music masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis School and this year he returned to the university to give the 2017 commencement address.
Standing before the NYU class of 2017 on Wednesday, the musician praised the next generation for being what he says is the first to “lift up our women.”
“As you find your ways to serve humanity, it gives me great comfort knowing that this generation is the first that understands that we need to lift up our women. Imagine the possibilities when we remove imbalance from the ether. Because it’s unbalanced right now. Imagine the possibilities when women are not held back. Your generation is unraveling deeply entrenched laws, principles, and misguided values that have held women back for far too long, and therefore have held us all back.”