Tyler Perry Delivers Commencement Address at Emory University, Receives Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree

Billionaire actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Tyler Perry delivered Emory University’s commencement address on Monday, where he also received an honorary doctorate of letters degree.

In his speech, Perry acknowledged that students today have many advantages that can lead to a false sense of reality, but emphasized how dedication is the key to success.

“You were born into the age of the internet, where everything you need is right there on your phone,” he shared with Emory University’s class of 2022. “But I believe that this time that you have grown up in has given some of you a false sense of reality. As your commencement speaker, I hope I can help you prepare for what’s beyond your college years. Most dreams do not appear in your life without hard work, struggle, and sacrifice.”

He also suggested that failure is a crucial part of success, mentioning the hardships he faced while trying to break into the entertainment industry.

“I raised enough money to put on my first play. I was expecting 1,200 people to come over the course of the weekend. Only 30 people showed up for six performances. I was devastated… I tried to play in different parts of the country, and still nothing for seven years.”

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SOURCE: CNBC, Ashton Jackson

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