''This is a really important time for you all right now,'' Combs said. ''This is the time that is going to dictate your future.''
The 36-year-old founder of Bad Boy Records looked the part in sunglasses and flashy jewelry. He called some students on stage and talked to them one on one about their goals. His advice: work hard and stay in school.
''Take responsibility for your future. No excuses!'' Combs said.