University students receiving their diplomas at a college in the USA got the surprise [of / in] their lives during their commencement [ceremonial / ceremony] . Students at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia were [listened / listening] to a speech from the [philanthropist / philanthropy] Robert F. Smith, a recipient of an [honor / honorary] degree from Morehouse. Mr Smith ended his speech by [informed / informing] the 400 students that he would pay off their student loans and debt. He said: "This is my [class / classification] , 2019, and my family is making a [grant / grand] to eliminate their student loans." He added: "On [half / behalf] of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus." Mr Smith's kindness is estimated to be [worth / value] about $40 million.
Robert F. Smith, 56, graduated from Columbia Business School, where he [earned / learned] an MBA with [honors / honorable] . In the year 2000, he [founded / found] the investment company Vista Equity Partners, which [currently / currency] manages over $46 billion in [asserts / assets] . His company made him a multi-billionaire. Mr Smith was the first African-American to sign the Giving Pledge, where people promise to [commit / remit] at least half of their wealth to philanthropic [cause / causes] . One graduate to benefit from Smith's generosity said it would have an "immeasurable [impart / impact] " on his life. Dwytt Lewis, 21, whose $150,000 loan is now no more, added: "Just imagine the [wait / weight] lifted off your shoulders when you have a clean [chalk / slate] coming out of college."