Erica Mena Surprises High School Graduation With Commencement Speech

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Love & Hip Hop‘s Erica Mena surprised the class of 2014 at New York’s Unity Center for Urban Technologies with a speech at their commencement ceremony. The reality star responded to an invitation from class vice president Simone Dixon who said the “student body can relate to [Erica's] story full-heartedly.”

In her speech Erica spoke of her personal journey, revealing she did not receive her diploma but was inspired after her experience with the Unity Center for Urban Tech students. The singer-model said:

As you go through life, you’re going to make mistakes, but it’s not the mistake that counts, its how you bounce back! I’m not proud at the route I chose, but because of it I can stand before you today and deliver these words of wisdom. Learn from my story and remember life is what you make it. Where you’re from does not determine where you’re going. You are the creator of your destiny

We think Erica’s a real class act and can’t wait to cheer her on when she receives her degree! You go, girl!