Will Ferrell, who graduated from the University of Southern California in 1990 with a degree in the somewhat obscure-sounding area of sports information, returned this week to receive an honorary doctorate.
In his commencement speech, the SNL star told the graduating class that he never dreamed he’d be “one of the most famous alumni of this university – mentioned in the same breath as John Wayne, Neil Armstrong and Rob Kardashian.”
He also described the early years of his career, when he had only $20 to his name and sat in his apartment eating spaghetti topped with mustard and wondering if he would make it.
“Yes, I was afraid. You’re never not afraid. I’m still afraid,” he told the students. “My fear of failure never approached in magnitude my fear of ‘What if? What if I never tried at all?’”
To cap things off, the comedian broke into a rendition of the iconic Dolly Parton / Whitney Houston love ballad ‘I Will Always Love You‘, gamely going for the famous high note at the end. This is how a speech is done, folks:
Source: Washington Post.