Tyler Perry Gives Touching Speech To Tuskegee Graduates Of 2016
|Tyler Perry Gives Touching Speech To Tuskegee Graduates Of 2016|
"It fills my heart with joy to be here on these hallowed of this historic campus and also to see your faces - to feel the hope in this place. It's electric," Perry said. "Your light is shining so bright today so congratulations to all of you graduates, you have made it."
He shared his personal story as a way of inspiring the new graduates, starting from 1991, when he had just written his first play. His goal was to clear enough money to support his mother, then move on. It didn’t exactly happen that way.
He wasn’t dissuaded.
“It fills my heart with joy to be here,” Perry said. “Your light is shining so bright today.”
“Being my first commencement speech, I feel pressure to say something that will inspire,” he said. “I did not go to college. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go.
I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I had also had
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Perry also said he was smart but wasn’t a great student.
“You know how hard-headed teenagers can be,” he said. True, he hasn’t ever had to put high school algebra or history lessons into practice, but a formal education has tangible value nonetheless, he said.
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“It was what I didn’t know that made it difficult for me running my business in the beginning,” he said. “Now, don’t feel sorry for me. I’m doing alright!”
He aligned experiences of his formative years with the importance of preparing for the future.
“When I was growing up, my father was a carpenter. He would take me to work with him. The part that I hated the most was putting in the foundation. It was painstaking digging these holes,” he said. “After it was done, nobody ever saw it. Nobody ever cared about the foundation.”
But a proper foundation supports anything it’s designed to hold.
“That’s what you’ve been doing here,” he said. “I need you to ask yourself: How much can my foundation hold?”