From Now On, Jane Lynch Needs To Give Graduation Speeches At Every College
9:30 am, May 21st | by Laura Donovan
Let’s not dance around the truth: Graduation kind of sucks. It can be one of the most exciting and uncertain times in a person’s life, so “Glee” actress Jane Lynch, who delivered a witty commencement address at Smith College over the weekend, should be at every graduation ceremony to inform students of what they’re really in for. We don’t need to hear another “the world is a playground, set forth and make your mark” speech…Lynch keeps it real.
“Smith women have transformed cuisine, spearheaded social movements…and in the case of my friend, Piper class of ’92, even gone to prison,” Lynch joked. “Just know you’ve actually done far more than I was able to accomplish back on my college graduation day back in 1982. As a young person, I was a victim of overwhelming angst and free-floating anxiety. I spent a great deal of my time running around like a chicken with its head cut off. This ongoing frenzy caused me to send my graduation registration without a stamp or a return address….After my four mostly unfocused years as a ‘C’ student…I sat where you now sit hoping to God my name would be called and I would receive my diploma.”
Thanks to her postal service flub, Lynch did not get her degree that day, but she did get a handshake from the dean! And I think everything she’s done since then makes up for it. In a nutshell, you don’t need to be an overachiever in college to thrive in the real world.
Watch the whole thing below: