Follow the Good Morning Quad Cities 2018 Road Trip here

Actress Eva Longoria speaks at Knox College graduation ceremony

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GALESBURG, Illinois-- More than 300 graduating seniors heard actress Eva Longoria speak during their commencement ceremony.

On June 4th, the Desperate Housewives star sent Knox College graduates a message about her path as a Mexican-American woman and how to embrace diversity and culture.

"She does a lot  of philanthropic work, and not just that she's an amazing empowering woman of color," says Steffi Antony, Knox class of 2017.

Longoria received an honorary degree in fine arts; two others also received honorary degrees.

Wes Jackson, co-founder and president emeritus of "The Land Institute" and Fay Levin from the Chicago Council on Global affairs were also honored.