Oprah Winfrey was beaming with joy at the inaugural graduation for the Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley on Klip, South Africa earlier today.

The graduates, who were all dressed in white, were just as excited to share their accomplishments with Oprah.

Fashion would’ve been the last thing on on their minds at this event, but it has to be noted that Oprah looked so very charming and graceful wearing an Honor Fall 2011 dress.

Her emerald green silk chiffon dress was accessorized with a multi-colour tasseled belt, flat sandals and emerald jewels.

The former TV host founded the Leadership Academy for Girls in January 2007 in an effort to provide leadership and educational opportunities for gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds.

At the celebration she said, “I’m one proud momma today, I always held the vision that this day was possible.”

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