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Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Celebrates First Graduating Class in South Africa

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Jan. 14 2012, Published 8:03 a.m. ET

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After opening the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2007, the philanthropist celebrated with the school’s first graduating class on Saturday in South Africa!

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"The pride that I feel today is overpowering," Oprah Winfrey proclaimed after watching 72 young ladies receive their high school diplomas on Saturday, according to Reuters.

The 57-year-old had faith that if she invested “in the leadership of girls, you invest in a nation,” and was proud to witness her humanitarian efforts coming to fruition.

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While Oprah has been very blessed with a successful career as a talk show host, she explained that it would mean nothing unless she could in turn help those who need it most.

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"I have been on a mission my whole life to be able to give back what I have been given. Today I am fulfilling that mission,” Oprah proudly gushed at the graduation ceremony.

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