Kanye West Gives Graduating Fashion Students a Reality Check

5/30/2015 6:59 AM PDT

Kanye West -- Gives Graduating Fashion Students a Reality Check (VIDEO)

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Kanye West was the inspiration Friday night for the graduating class at a prestigious fashion school.

Kanye was front and center for the runway show held by graduating fashion students at L.A. Trade Tech College,  we're told he went backstage prior to the event to give the students encouragement, sat in the front row during the show, and then spoke in classic Kanye style.

The most memorable line ... "When you're the best you get hated on the most."

The school is the same place Kanye did his community service for his assault case involving the LAX attack on a photog.  But we've learned Kanye already completed his community service, so he didn't have to show for the event.  He just wanted to.