Oprah Winfrey responds after IG user calls her out for not paying students debts after speech
Oprah Winfrey responded Monday to an Instagram user who called out the billionaire mogul for not paying off student loans after her commencement speech at Colorado College.
Following her commencement address at Colorado College Sunday, Winfrey posted a photo of herself and a graduate on Instagram, writing
“I don’t know who this guy is but he sure is happy to graduate! I shook hands with all 571 members of @coloradocollege’s Class of 2019 and gave them a copy of The Path Made Clear.”
One Instagram user said that instead of giving graduates her latest book, she “should have paid off their student debt.”
The comment came after billionaire Robert Smith surprised the Morehouse College graduating class during his commencement address the same day by vowing to pay off the student loans for all 396 graduates.
Smith, the Vista Equity Partners founder who became the wealthiest black man in the U.S., announced that his family will establish a grant estimated to be worth $40 million to benefit students.
Winfrey responded to the comment by explaining that she “already paid 13 m in scholarships. Have put over 400 men thru @morehouse1867.”
Winfrey is one of Morehouse College’s top donors in the intuition’s history