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Commencement season has arrived and Kerry Washington was not only  the commencement speaker at her alma mater, George Washington University, she was also honored with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts.

During her commencement speech, Washington shared anecdotes from her time as a student during the commencement speech.  From joking about being cast as a frog in a musical, “It was not my lifetime dream role to play a frog. In fact, the thought of it terrified me”, to having to “a lot of sleepless nights” and “more than a few drinks” at a bar near campus during her college years.

Washington urged the new graduates to pursue their dreams and leave their own mark.

“Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential,” she said.

And for those students with stories that would translate onto the big screen, Washington joked she would be calling to option the rights, because “I am so Hollywood now.”

View her whole speech below:

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