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Aaron Sorkin Gives HIGHlarious And Insightful Syracuse University Commencement Speech

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Aaron Sorkin was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Syracuse University's 158th Commencement on Sunday and he did NOT disappoint!

With a mix of honest insight and humor, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter gave a speech that both the students and parents could easily relate to.

Some of our favorite parts included these little snippets:

"I am the father of an 11-year-old daughter, so I do know how proud you are today, how proud your daughters and your sons make you every day, and that they did just learn how to walk last week, that you'll never not be there for them, that you love them more than they'll ever know and that it doesn’t matter how many degrees get put in their hand, they will always be dumber than you are."

As he shifted his focus toward the graduating students, the Hollywood writer continued:

"And make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb."

So inspiring! LOLz!

Check out the video (above) to watch the first five minutes Sorkin's speech and remember these wise words: "Every once in a while, you'll succeed. Most of the time you'll fail, and most of the time the circumstances will be well beyond your control."

Want to see what else he said? Click here to read the entire speech!

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2 comments to “Aaron Sorkin Gives HIGHlarious And Insightful Syracuse University Commencement Speech”

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    I just graduated from Syracuse on sunday….Aaron Sorkin's speech was amazing..he had us laughing the whole time while giving us some great advice. his speech was definitely the highlight of the ceremony

  2. Kate Brodock says – reply to this


    Hi Perez! Thanks for highlighting, if you need the full video on YouTube (probably better than what you have) it's here:

    -Kate Brodock, Executive Director of Digital and Social Media at SU