(CBS) — The Chicago-born actor and rapper Common told graduates in a commencement speech for the City Colleges of Chicago that success takes hard work and plenty of confidence. the commencement speaker at Saturday’s City College of Chicago ceremonies.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning rapper and actor told the graduates that a degree is only a stop on the path to success. He told the graduates that first, you must find your path, believe in yourself, then live your path, and surround yourself with those who believe in you.

Common said belief is contagious. He was presented with an honorary associate of arts degree.

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