Tom Hanks gave a commencement speech at Wright State University’s virtual graduation.
Beloved Actor Tom Hanks surprised students at Wright State University by giving a Commencement Speech at the school’s virtual graduation.
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“You are the chosen ones because of a fate unimagined when you began your Wright State adventures,” the Hollywood legend said. “You started in the olden times, in a world back before the Great Pandemic of 2020. You will talk of those earlier years in your lives in just that way.”
“Part of your lives will forever be identified as ‘before,’ in the same way other generations tell time like ‘that was before the war, or ‘that was before the internet,’ or ‘that was before Beyoncé.’ The word ‘before’ is going to carry great weight with you,” he added.
“You’ve gone from student to graduate with more that is expected of you than to just be an American. You’ve had to be responsible Americans. You’ve had to be good Americans. Good Americans that have made sacrifices that have saved lives.
“You will be enlightened in ways your degree never held in promise,” Hanks said. “You will have made it through a time of great sacrifice and great need. No one will be more fresh to the task of restarting our normalcy than you — our chosen ones.”
Hanks, 63, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year.