AUSTIN (KXAN) — “Delight in the detour,” “be illogical,” and “use your thing.” This is the advice no. 1 New York Times bestselling author and former Texas Longhorns, NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, gave to graduates at the University of Texas’ commencement ceremony Saturday.

The celebration proceeded as scheduled while leaders monitored the potential for severe weather in the area Saturday.

Acho, the featured speaker at the 2022 event held at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, gave his best advice to the now graduated alumni.

He told KXAN’s Sally Hernandez Friday he was getting the honor of his lifetime being asked to speak at the university event.

UT President, Jay Hartzell, and Student Body President, Kiara Kabbara also spoke at the ceremony.