College graduations usually draw attention for their commencement speakers, but one college somewhere will make headlines this year for its commencement concert.
Jon Bon Jovi announced today a new contest that’ll end with him and his band crashing a college graduation.
“I know — having two kids graduating college this year — the joy that families that have gone through the years with their children getting ready for this moment,” the father of four said today on ABC’s Good Morning America. “The idea that we would come by [and perform]…it’s pretty neat.”
Jon spoke to GMA by phone from Detroit, the latest stop on the band’s This House Is Not for Sale tour.
The song “Reunion,” on the band’s album of the same name, inspired the college graduation contest, Jon said, with lyrics that include, “Make this the best of the rest of your days/Start your revolution and I’ll see you at the reunion.”
College seniors can try for a chance to have Bon Jovi perform at their graduation by sharing their best college moments on Twitter using the hashtag #JBJReunionContest. The contest is run in partnership with MTVU.
Jon said he plans to give the winning college graduates “some words” of advice. If he were a college senior, the singer would stretch far back into history for a dream commencement guest.
“Probably somebody who is smart like George Washington or Ben Franklin,” he said. “But if I could have a musician come out and talk to me I’d probably want [Frank] Sinatra to come back. Can you imagine Frank coming out and giving a commencement speech?”
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