HOLLYWOOD actor Tom Hanks has added yet another feather to his illustrious hat. The Asteroid City star has received an honorary doctor of arts degree from Harvard University.
On Thursday, Tom Hanks delivered an address to graduating students at Harvard University as the commencement speaker. The actor was witty with his speech as he joked that he got the honorary degree “without having done a lick of work, without having spent any time in class, without once walking into that library.”
Speaking at the address at Harvard Yard’s Tercentenary Theatre, Tom Hanks said, “I don’t know much about Latin, I have no real passion for enzymes, and public global policy is something I scan in the newspaper just before I do the Wordle.” Turning into a more serious tone, the actor then went on to urge students to stand up against the “indifference of a people who have been made weary by struggle.”
Tom Hanks said, “indifference makes citizens into indentured servants held in labor by the despots and tyrants whose default setting is cynicism, who outlawed dissent and ban art and dialogue and books.”
Mentioning how the students get to choose the kind of individuals they want to turn into, Tom Hanks added, “Every day, every year, and for every graduating class, there is a choice to be made. It’s the same option for all grown-ups who have to decide to be one of three types of Americans: those who embrace liberty and freedom for all, those who won’t or those who are indifferent. Only the first do the work of creating a more perfect union, a nation indivisible. The others get in the way.”
Tom Hanks used metaphors from America’s superhero-obsessed culture and said “there ain’t no Superman, nor anyone else in his Justice League” as he urged the members of the Class of 2023 to keep “the promise of our promised land.”
Tom Hanks was recently seen at the red carpet of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2023 at the screening of his film, Asteroid City. The film by Wes Anderson went on to receive a 5 minute-long standing ovation at the film festival.
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