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Matt Damon Urges Graduates to Embrace Failure

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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  • Shivani Yadav

    I like how inspiring Matt Damon is. I love watching his interviews and listening to his speeches. He is awesome!

  • Daniel

    I have only one thing to say about Matt Damon’s political commentary….Matt Damon is a good actor who should stick to his sums.

  • Cruizin1960

    Just once I would like to see a commencement speech that did not contain political rhetoric…or the speaker’s cause of the moment. IMO it is out of place and insulting to those in attendance who do not concur with their world view…and I am speaking about ALL speakers, not just those on the left…or those on the right…ALL of them.

  • xica

    Thank god they havent given the honorary degree to him because giving titles to actors and singers is really underrating studies.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Basically, republicans are on here cause they no get educated. Books are for dummies. Ignorance s bliss. Had u ass wipes studied anything you’d really the amount of work that goes into theater. That and Damon went to Harvard u dumb asses,