Oprah Winfrey tells college grads to focus on serving others

Oprah Winfrey told Smith College graduates in a speech Sunday they should seek fulfillment by serving others.

Media mogul and former talk show host received honourary degree from Smith College in Massachusetts

Bill E. Peterson, associate provost and dean of academic development, left, presents Oprah Winfrey with an honourary degree during Smith College's graduation ceremony Sunday in Northampton, Mass. (David Molnar/Springfield Republican/The Associated Press)

Oprah Winfrey says Smith College graduates should seek fulfillment by serving others.

The author, actress and former talk show host addressed more than 600 graduates Sunday at the college's 139th commencement in Northampton, Mass. She was among five women who received an honourary degree from the women's liberal arts school.

Winfrey told the graduates to "shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come." She says empowerment comes from understanding that there's an "alignment between who you are and what you do."

One of Smith's graduating students, Morgan Mpungose, attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a boarding school that the media mogul opened in 2007 for disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

Winfrey mentioned Mpungose in her speech, referring to her as Winfrey's academy "daughter."