Getting ready for graduation? I know I am. In less than two weeks, I’ll be all decked out in cap and gown for my ceremony. But damn, it’s too bad that Will Ferrell won’t be there. Hopefully, he’ll see this article and fly over to Queens College by May 26th.
However, this comedic icon did show up for friday’s graduation ceremony at USC. Ferrell received an honorary doctorate and made a commencement speech. He is also an alumnus of USC, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sports Information. His words will live in infamy, for whatever reason, I don’t not know.
“I’ve already instructed my wife and my children from this point they have to address me as Dr. Ferrell,” the actor said. “There will be no exceptions, especially at our children’s various school functions, and when opening Christmas presents.”
“The next time I’m flying and they ask if there’s a doctor onboard, I can now confidently leap to my feet and scream, ‘I’m a doctor, what can I do? Yes, no problem, I can absolutely deliver that baby,’” Ferrell said. “Hopefully it will be on United Airlines, in which [case] I will immediately be subdued and dragged off the aircraft, which we all know will be recorded on someone’s iPhone and put on YouTube.”
Ferrell provided some partying words of wisdom for the graduating class.
“Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of results,” Ferrell told the graduates. “Trust your gut. Keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.”
The former Saturday Night Live star ended his speech in song, as he serenaded the crowd with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.
The University of Southern California was in for a real treat with Will’s words. Here is Ferrell’s commencement speech in its entirety: