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Matthew Fox: Columbia College Speech

Matthew Fox: Columbia College Speech


Lost star Matthew Fox returns to Low Plaza at his Alma Mater on Tuesday to deliver the keynote address during Columbia College Class Day at Columbia University.

(You can watch the video feed here but you need to download Real Player.)

Fox, 40, introduced himself and joked that while Harvard got Bill Gates, “The only difference is I actually graduated.”

“You may have an idea where you want to be in 20 years and some of you will get there. But if you do, I guarantee you won’t have let yourself take chances. 18 years ago sitting in these seats, as hung over as I was, I remember a sense of accomplishment & a sense of fear. In defining the future for yourselves, the safest choice may not be the best choice.”

Fox concluded: “Live for your own passion, not the aspirations or expectations others have for you. Trade fear for trust. Allow yourself to find that area either of your excellence or your excitement that motivates you to apply the same focus and energy that got you through Columbia. Whatever that area is, there is value in it simply because it is the area of your passion.

“Finally and most importantly, do not apologize. One of the most beautiful things you can see is that moment of which a person stops apologizing for who they are and what they want to do and who they want to be and they drop being themselves. That’s it, that’s all the wisdom I’ve got to offer.

“As of tomorrow you are the author of your own life. I’m excited about what I get to do. I get to tell stories but equally as exciting as that to me is the story each one of you is yet to write. The first chapter is coming to a close, where the story goes from here is up to you. Congratulations class of 2007!”

Fox, who received a standing ovation at the end of his speech, graduated with a B.A. in economics (CC’89) and played wide receiver on the Lions’ varsity football team.

UPDATE: Here’s the actual video of Matthew Fox‘s speech thanks to JJ reader Johanna! The recording was taken from one of the side tents. Foxy is quite charismatic and more importantly, funny! Great Class Day speaker…

Fox even addressed the seniors’ reactions published in the Columbia Spectator. “I’ve never heard of this guy. The years before got a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a potential presidential candidate,” Julia Kite, CC ’07, said. “I suppose that after what happened last year, they wanted someone less controversial.” Watch the video below!

Matthew Fox – Columbia College Class Day 2007
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Photos: Bauer-Griffin/Eric Workom
Posted to: Columbia University, Matthew Fox

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  • Bowl cut

    Eww what’s up with his bangs?

  • Bowl cut

    Wow, was I first? That never happened before.

  • Mmmmm

    Probably b/c he was wearing a cap, hat head! He had some great words or wisdom … good for him.

  • Jodie

    He is gorgeous!

  • Lauren

    He looks hott and I love the advise he gave the class.

  • Raichill

    Looks like my mother cut his hair.

  • Terri

    he didnt age very well, did he? my father is 58 and looks younger than him.

  • Lucie

    Does anyone think he kind of looks like zach from saved by the bell?

  • Stella

    His speech was lovely and very inspiring.

  • Phoebe

    Wow, he’s hot!

  • Yum

    Damn, he’s sexy. Nice fingers.

  • Violet

    He’s hot!

  • Mink

    Wow! What a great and inspiring speech. I’ve found a whole new level of appreciation for the Foxy Fox! Thanks to you and Johanna for posting that vid, JJ.

  • Nh

    американцы- вы дибилы ,тупые, мудаки ,уроды, твари, шлюхи, я ебал вас всех УЕБКИ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Вы самая отстойная раса СОСИТЕ!!!

  • Violet

    Thanks for the clip!

  • Foxy rules

    You may want to agree with me that the majority of all you people seriously need a good pair of GLASSES. He’s AWESOME, HOT, INTELLIGENT, CHARMING, SWEET. He’s the best!!! What’s wrong with his hair? Even if he was bald he would still be so hot!!! FOXY RULES!!!!!

  • mhmmm

    I was there and I really enjoyed his speech because there was none of the pompous bs speakers usually do at this kind of gathering. Fox is very charming and he’s got charisma. I liked what he said about not making apologies for yourself. He sure didn’t and the crowd responded well. It helps that he’s gorgeous.

  • I think I’m in love :-}

    He comes across so (life)smart and self-reflected and very warm and independent in his thinking and feeling. I am seriously impressed. And I totally agree with what he said about not apologizing for who you are.
    And all that gets even better because he is so gorgeous. ;-]

  • kidding me?

    the terri person really needs a reality check and a closer look at the 60 yo dad.

  • heather

    Thanks for posting this. (I know I’m late.) No one’s hotter than this beautiful Fox.

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  • aishe

    he’s sexy..l love hım!


  • betul

    I am from turkey..and I love matthew fox….he is very handsome perfect…..

  • Tu madre

    he looks better in lost, in the first season….. before he changed his hair and his face started looking gaunt….. i still like him though :)