Demand the best of yourselves,” President Trump said, “And be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interests and failed power structures.”

Donald Trump’s first commencement speech as President took a highly motivational tone, unsurprisingly, and encouraged students to continue striving.

One of the best parts, however, was the university he chose to be the keynote speaker of: Liberty University.

The President made it clear liberty is a priority – and not just the university’s name, stating, “We don’t need a lecture from Washington on how to lead our lives.”

And lecture, he did not.

Instead, he encouraged students over and over again.

No one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sideline saying why it can’t be done,” Trump said. “Nothing is easier or more pathetic than being a critic. Because they are the people that can’t get the job done, but the future belongs to the dreamers, not to the critics. The future belongs to the people who follow their heart no matter what the critics say, because they truly believe in their vision.”

The commencement ceremony was packed with people looking forward to his address, and many students wore “Make America Great Again” hats in lieu of the traditional graduation cap for the duration of his speech.

The President also used his own rise to the Oval Office as an uplifting example.

Being an outsider, is fine,” President Trump told college graduates last week, “Embrace the label. Because it’s the outsiders who change the world, and who make a real and lasting difference.

This is probably exactly what the 50,000 people who came to the ceremony were longing to hear after eight years of addresses from liberals who tended to use commencement speeches as a platform for pet issues like “gender inequality” or to lecture graduates on their level of “privilege”.

It is no surprise a speaker who encourages the students to do something great with their degree, despite more hardship ahead, would garner larger audiences.

In fact, this was a record setting crowd for Liberty University, with the previous record set at roughly 36,000-38,000.

The President used this record-breaking crowd as a jumping off point to talk about American excellence, and how, as a nation, we are always striving for bigger, better things.

We love setting records,” Trump said to the large crowd, “We always set records. We have to set records. We have no choice.

Opponents, ranging from liberal Twitter users to CNN portrayed Trump’s “real life” examples as some sort of anecdotal bragging and chose to focus on the criticism Trump has been receiving lately, rather than the sound advice he gave the graduates to push forward despite naysayers.

CNN reported:

In his first commencement speech as president, Donald Trump encouraged graduating seniors at Liberty University to draw lessons from his example as a political outsider, telling them to embrace being criticized at the end of a week during which he very much was.

Speaking before what the Christian university estimated were 50,000 graduates, Trump cast criticisms of his actions as a sign that he was doing honorable work.

In person, however, the message came across, as students proudly displayed Trump stickers on their graduation caps before tossing them into the air, and cheered at the end of the speech.

President Jerry Falwell Jr. said the feedback he received from the community is that it may have been one of the greatest commencement speeches Liberty University ever had.