Dwyane Wade, reflecting on the challenges faced by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a mass shooting took place last year, said the 2019 graduating class, "I've never experienced as much as you've ever experienced."
Wade was a surprise speaker for the high school graduation on Sunday. In his speech, he shared his view of his first visit to the Parkland, Florida school in March 2018, three weeks after shooting, which killed 14 students and three employees.
"I remember going to school, and I remember hearing absolutely nothing," said Wade. "I remember thinking that I've never heard that kind of silence in my life."
Wade then reported his surprise at the reaction he had received from the people at the school and said they had made him a part of The "MSD Family".
"When I came in, the students saw me, I remember seeing a smile, people running and picking up their phones," said Wade. "… I remember thinking, 'Wow.' I did not expect that."
Wade told the graduates that it was understandable when they felt uncertain about their future. He said that after 1
The now retired Wade is a regular supporter of the school since the shooting. He said it was an honor for Joaquin Oliver, who was killed in the attack, to be a big fan of Miami Heat's former star, and was buried in a calf jersey. A jubilation he unleashed at the 2013 NBA finals ,
The jubilation was interrupted by the words "to the last man, to the last minute, to the last second, we fight, we fight, we fight"! After leading the graduates and their guests, he concluded his speech by reiterating "MSD Strong" – the school's mantra since the tragedy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.