Kenny Chesney’s “Rich and Miserable” Commencement Speech

New Video Asks Students What They’re Willing to Give

There is a hidden commencement speech for the graduating classes of 2017 in Kenny Chesney‘s new music video for “Rich and Miserable.”

In the two-minute opening, actor John C. McGinley plays a college professor who tells his students to forget about everything they might face outside of class, and lose the belief that life may owe them something. Instead, he only wants them to think about one thing.

“What will you be willing to give to change the word miserable to joyful,” McKinley asks. “What will you be so rich with that you will be willing to share it with the entire world? I want you to distill all that down to one word, come up here write it on the board and then walk out the door and then I want you to give it to the world.”

One by one, students walk up to the chalkboard and each writes one word representing the legacy they ultimately hope to leave behind.

“If there’s a social message to ‘Rich and Miserable,'” Chesney said in a radio interview, “it’s try to live in the moment as much as you possibly can because if you get caught in constantly dreaming and climbing the ladder — and if you let those dreams be your master — there’s this chance that you might get that, you may achieve that, but you might not have too many people around you to celebrate it with.”

Chesney’s next show is May 20 at the C Spire Live Day of Country in Madison, Mississippi. His 2017 summer schedule continues with performances at the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Ohio’s Buckeye Country Superfest and the Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado in June.