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Conan O'Brien addressed Dartmouth's 2011 graduating class in typical self-deprecating fashion. For proof, look no further than his opening statement, which refers to President George H.W. Bush, who was there to receive an honorary degree:

"Before I begin, I must point out that behind me sits a highly admired president of the United States and decorated war hero, while I, a cable television talk show host, has been chosen to stand here and impart wisdom. I pray I never witness a more damning example of what is wrong with America today."

Conan explains (and mocks) a "very messed up version" of his show

In the highlights reel below, O'Brien jokes about waiting till the last minute to write his speech, ribs Dartmouth's Ivy League brothers, references his failed turn as Tonight Show host and references his own words spoken on the final episode of the aforementioned gig: "Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen." He's self-deprecating, yes, but not enough to refrain from quoting himself.

Watch O'Brien address the grads: