Graduates at Rutgers-Camden in New Jersey yesterday (May 21) got a very special treat. Not only did Jon Bon Jovi give their commencement address, he also debuted a new song that he wrote specifically for the graduating class.

“I tried to buy you all a gift but I wasn’t sure of sizes and favorite colors,” the Bon Jovi frontman joked during the ceremony. “I did what I do best. I was so inspired by this invitation that I sat down and I wrote you a song.”

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He went on to explain that he never performed the song before and he’ll do his best this first time. “Wish me luck,” he said as he picked up his guitar and read the lyrics from a music stand in front of the podium.

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