Philadelphia area native Chris Matthews was presented with an honorary degree at Temple University’s graduation.
Each Temple graduate was given a “Card for Life” on which Matthews outlined the five steps for success. During his speech, Matthews discussed each of these steps. Number two is “Ask!”
“People like to be asked,” Matthews said. “Can I have this job? When you go for the interview for the second time, you get called back, don’t ask for their freakin’ verdict: ask for the job. I don’t want your feelings about me: I want that job! Gimme!”
Matthews, who has authored five best-selling books and hosts Hardball on MSNBC, concluded his speech by telling the graduates to “go out and get it.”
Temple alumnus and comedian Bill Cosby delivered a serious message about the graduates’ future, but Cosby managed to get a laugh along the way.
“Start your own business! Valet parking for people in the Projects!” Cosby said. “Go to churches where people speak in tongues; hire nine, ten people to translate what they’re saying. They may know where money is hidden.”
Cosby also stressed the importance of community service, telling students to give themselves up to help others.