Denzel Washington speaks about courage and failure at Penn commencement

    The pressure is on for politicians and celebrities to give inspiring commencement speeches to local college students. Thursday, Hardball‘s Chris Matthews gave Temple students a “card for life” to help them succeed based on his advice.

    This morning, Denzel Washington was a bit less self-assured.
    Washington received an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he spoke today to the graduating class about failure. The Associated Press reports the actor told students to “have the guts to fail.” It was something he did this morning on stage, where he admitted to being nervous to be speaking to the academic crowd of about 5,000.

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