Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz hailed Arizona State University as the nation's "largest and most innovative" university Monday night during the 2017 commencement ceremony.

The billionaire businessman said ASU graduates were part of the "best-prepared generation in the history of our country."

Schultz urged the roughly 5,200 students assembled inside Sun Devil Stadium to summon their passion and curiosity, and to lead with humility.

Thousands of relatives and friends took in the sea of maroon caps and gowns under blustery but mostly dry skies.

A light rain began to fall only after the stadium had mostly emptied out.

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