She concluded with a profound advice. "I see your life as already artful, waiting, just waiting and ready for you to make it art."
He went on to speak about college but reminded that life is something one needs to build. "College is something you complete. Life is something you experience," he said
He went on to explicate a few rules he lives by like- "You need to know that nothing replaces actually doing the work...take thoughtful risks...always be intentional about the words you choose...is to always know that you are enough" and finally "take the responsibility to liberate others."
"Don’t stress out about the white space, the path you can’t draw because therein lies both the surprises and the opportunities," she said
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"When you can't remember why you're hurt, that's when you're healed," the actor said
"I stand where I stand because somebody prayed for me and dreamed for me and I come trailing the breath of the ancestors. My mentors Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou have said to me that your crown has been paid for. Put it on your head and wear it," she said.
"Part of what artistes do is observe human behaviour and without judgment, reflect back to those watching. It seems to me to show how we are all connected, how we are all the same, how our circumstances may sometimes vary vastly but at the core, we are all linked by the joys and sorrows of life."
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"There are many things that, if I have to relive, maybe I will do it another way. But I would not like to look back and think what I have not been able to do."
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"Language that is appropriate and fully inclusive is a matter of life and death for so many people out there,” she said
"I love observing people. Each face tells so many stories. It lets me understand emotions, and that, in turn, helps me apply my skills as an actor," he said.
"He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul," he said of mankind
"Whatever happened to me happened because I have always been terrified of failure," he said
She concluded the speech with the hope that this is the last time one has to fight for education. "Let’s begin this ending … together … today … right here, right now. Let’s begin this ending now," she said
"My hope is that you will harness your education, your creativity, your valour, your voice, your vote—reflecting on all that you’ve witnessed and hungered for, all that you know to be true—and use it to create more equity, more justice, and more joy in the world," she said.
"The reason I know you’ll prevail is because so many others have done it before you. One hundred years ago, the class of 1920 graduated into the end of a deadly pandemic," he said
"The capital-T Truth is about life before death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness," he said
"It's a tough world out there. You've got to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees and usually when you're the absolute best, you get hated on the most," he said.
"By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it," he said.
"Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful. And if you do, it will probably be to the detriment of your choices," he said