Lin-Manuel Miranda of 'Hamilton' speaks at Penn commencement

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Graduates heard a pretty inspiring message from the man behind the hottest show on Broadway. (WPVI)

At least 5,000 students filed into Franklin Field on Monday for the University of Pennsylvania's 260th commencement, and they heard a pretty inspiring message from the man behind the hottest show on Broadway.

This year's speaker was Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer best known for Hamilton, the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation's founding fathers.

During his address he apologized that the show never mentions Pennsylvania or Philadelphia by name. But he did take a moment to list many of the city's contributions to America.

Miranda said, "You are known as the birthplace of Louisa May Alcott, Rocky Balboa, Boyz II Men, Betsy Ross, Will Smith, Isaac Asimov, Tina Fey, cheesesteaks, and you can have scrapple, soft pretzels and Wawa hoagies whenever you want. You win Philly!"

Miranda was one of eight people to receive an honorary degree. And he wasn't the only famous face in the crowd. Vice President Joe Biden came to see his granddaughter Naomi receive her diploma.
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