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Robert Hale Jr. was the speaker at Roxbury Community College’s commencement ceremony Friday. And the co-owner of the Boston Celtics had a surprise gift for the graduates.

WCVB News reported that he gave each of the 150 graduates $1,000: $500 for themselves and $500 to give away to anyone they wanted.

“The world needs your positive impact now more than ever,” Hale said.