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Denzel Washington Inspires Students with His Graduation Speech

By: Angela Rajic - Published: Mar 1, 2014 • References: biography and youtube
Actor Denzel Washington inspires students with his graduation speech.

He talks about not being afraid to fail and to make mistakes as well about learning and growing from past failures. He infuses his graduation speech with a lot of humor and pathos as he describes his own failures in the acting business. He talks about a failed audition for a musical. He talks about not getting the job because of inexperience with live theater, but going on with auditions and not giving up until he finally succeeded and won a role.

Denzel Washington’s graduation speech promotes failure as a necessary step along the path to success, particularly in acting. He offers inspirational and encouraging words for these newly graduated students.