Comedian Bill Cosby delivered the commencement address at Kenan Memorial Stadium. During the speech, he stated, "I want to tell you how much we all love you. And I want to tell you right now, Class of 2003, whatever is outside I want you to go inside, inside and discover something that you may have been running away from up until today. And that is your own integrity. It takes a lot of work to go in and get it. It takes a lot of honesty to go in and get it, touch it, feel it, smell it, and be it."