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Video: Watch Will Ferrell Sing 'I Will Always Love You' To USC Grads

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When the late, great Whitney Houston covered Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992, hers became the most popular and some would say definitive version of the song … until now?

Will Ferrell broke into the song at the end of the commencement speech he gave to his alma mater on Friday, KPCC reports. The school awarded the Irvine-born actor/comedian with an honorary doctorate while introducing his speech; Ferrell graduated from USC in 1990 before embarking on his comedy career.

Ferrell begins his nearly 30-minute speech with an apology:

“I would like to apologize to all the parents here who are sitting there saying, ‘Will Ferrell? Why Will Ferrell? I hate Will Ferrell. I hate him. I hate his movies. He’s gross. That discussion is definitely happening out there right now.”
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The singing starts at 24 minutes in. You’ll just have to watch to see if he can hit those high notes.

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