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Oprah Winfrey tells grads to seek fulfillment in service

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Bill E. Peterson, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Development, left, presents Oprah Winfrey with an honorary degree during Smith College's 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Bill E. Peterson, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Development, left, presents Oprah Winfrey with an honorary degree during Smith College's 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says Smith College graduates should seek fulfillment by serving others.

Oprah Winfrey gestures during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey gestures during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)

The author, actress and former talk show host addressed more than 600 graduates Sunday at the college's 139th commencement in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was among five women who received an honorary degree from the women's liberal arts school.

Oprah Winfrey waves during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey waves during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)

Winfrey told the graduates to "shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come." She says empowerment comes from understanding that there's an "alignment between who you are and what you do."

Oprah Winfrey appears during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey appears during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)

One of Smith's graduating students, Morgan Mpungose, attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for poor girls in South Africa.

Oprah Winfrey waves during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey waves during Smith College's 139th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)

Winfrey mentioned Mpungose in her speech, referring to her as Winfrey's academy "daughter."

Oprah Winfrey appears at Smith College's 139th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey appears at Smith College's 139th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) 2017 Smith College Senior Class President, Badriyyah Salem Alsabah, left, jokes with Oprah Winfrey, seated center, during Smith College's 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP) © The Associated Press 2017 Smith College Senior Class President, Badriyyah Salem Alsabah, left, jokes with Oprah Winfrey, seated center, during Smith College's 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican via AP)
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