Commencement 2011: what 10 eminent speakers told graduates
Here are the Monitor's hand-picked highlights from the 2011 commencement season.
2. Denzel Washington, actor, University of Pennsylvania
I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nelson Mandela said: "There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that's less than the one you're capable of living." I'm sure in your experiences – in school, in applying to college, in picking your major, in deciding what you want to do with [your] life – people have told you to make sure that you have something to "fall back on." But I never understood that concept. If I'm going to fall, I don't want to fall back on anything – except my faith. I want to fall forward. I figure at least this way I'll see what I'm going to hit. Fall forward.