Stephen Colbert Delivers UVA Valedictory Address

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Stephen Colbert delivering the valedictory address at UVA Saturday. Stephen Colbert delivering the valedictory address at UVA Saturday.

The host of the Emmy Award-winning show "The Colbert Report" gave the valedictory address at the University of Virginia Saturday.  UVA students and their families packed John Paul Jones Arena to hear comedian Stephen Colbert share his advice for the class of 2013 and crack a few jokes along the way.   

Colbert poked fun at UVA's lingo, like 'wahoowa', and famous grads, like Edgar Allen Poe - or as Colbert joked his friends called him in college - "creepy Eddie."    

As advice for the class of 2013, Colbert told the students they are the "intellectual heirs" of Thomas Jefferson.  He challenged them to carve their own paths, despite what the older generations might say about them. 

"There is a lot of talk about how they are a generation that is self-obsessed. But I think that my generation is much much worse," Colbert stated.  "The proof of the pudding is that we have acted like there is no generation after us, and that's the worst kind of self obsession.  We laid no place at the table, and so I just want to invite the next class to just turn the table over and burn it, make it into a barricade, do whatever you want." 

After the valedictory address Colbert sat down exclusively with NBC29's Kristin Twiford for a one-on-one interview.  Tune in to NBC29 HD News at 11 to watch the interview.

Web extra:  Watch Stephen Colbert's full valedictory address in the video player above.

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