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Chipper Jones speaks at annual Emory University "Class Day"

12:10 AM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves enjoys a light moment in the dugout before his final regular season game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 23, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

EMORY VILLAGE, Ga. -- It is the season for guest speakers all across America. College graduation season draws near for many who have spent four arduous years working on their degrees.

On Thursday evening inside the Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Emory University -- students gathered for Emory's 10th Annual Class Day.

Class Day is a student organized event allows graduating seniors to hear from a well-known speaker of their choice. This year, their choice was recently retired Braves great, Chipper Jones.

Jones spoke about the virtues of "focus" and how it's okay to admit your mistake. 

"Admit to your mistakes keep moving forward, once you admit your mistakes that starts the healing process and you are able to move past it quickly," Jones told the students. 

At the end of his speech Chipper held a question and answer session. 

A 22-year-old senior leaped to the microphone to ask the future Hall of Famer to sign his baseball.

Chipper Jones' father Larry and his mother Lynne were also in the audience tonight. It has been an adjustment for them as well in the first baseball season with their son retired.

Both parents commented on how well their son had adjusted to his new life away from Turner Field. And it seems everyone is happy with his speaking ability.

Chipper Jones will be honored next month at Turner Field by his former employer. The Braves have scheduled a Chipper Jones night and will retire his familiar #10.

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