Matt Damon Urges Graduates to Embrace Failure
Matt Damon takes the stage to give the Commencement Address during Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon (June 3) in Cambridge, MA.
The 45-year-old actor spoke on a variety of different topics during his 25-minute speech and urged the graduates to embrace the failures they encounter.
“For all the amazing successes I’ve been lucky to share, few things have shaped me more than the auditions Ben [Affleck] and I used to go on as young actors, where we’d get on a bus, show up in New York, wait our turn, cry our hearts out for a scene, and then be told ‘Okay, thanks,’ meaning game over. We used to call it ‘Okay, thanks,’ and those experiences became our honor,” he explained.
While Matt was not given an honorary degree, he did receive an “MIT Pirate Certificate” from school President Rafael Reif, a nod to his role as a “space pirate” in his film The Martian.
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