Matthew McConaughey kickstarts UT commencement with message to graduates


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Students at the University of Texas at Austin celebrated a very different kind of commencement address on Saturday.

UT’s Commencement Ceremony was completely virtual and streamed live on UT’s website on Saturday night, capping off a semester changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is not the first time the historic, in-person UT graduation ceremony was canceled. In 2015, the keynote speaker, President of the Ford Foundation Darren Walker, had to share his message over a live stream due to bad weather.

This year’s event still featured numerous distinguished guests set on congratulating a new group of Texas Exes.

Austinite and Longhorns icon, Matthew McConaughey, joined in on the celebration as part of the commencement video for UT Moody College of Communications graduates Saturday afternoon.

McConaughey, a 1993 Texas graduate from the communications school with a degree in Radio-Television-Film, is featured as part of a compilation with other UT graduates offering up their congratulatory remarks to the new grads. McConaughey appears around the 16-minute mark of the hour long commencement video.

“You have finished what you started. You are now a Texas Ex. It just gets more fun from here. How much fun? That depends on you,” McConaughey says in his portion of the video.

Brené Brown, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker for the 2020 spring semester class. Brown, a visiting professor in management at UT’s McCombs School of Business, is a five-time New York Times bestselling author.

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