She previously addressed graduating students at Barnard College in New York in 2019.
And Viola Davis was back on Saturday to turn away graduates of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as she delivered the opening ceremony’s keynote address.
The 55-year-old Oscar winner had to do double duty as she addressed both the 2021 graduating class and the 2020 class, whose start has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Pep talk: Viola Davis, 55, delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony for Loyola Marymount University on Saturday, which was held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California
Viola was pictured on the floor of the newly constructed SoFi Stadium in nearby Inglewood, which opened in September 2020.
She was decked out in traditional black robes and wore her shoulder-length raven hair in voluminous curls.
Though the occasion called for modesty and solemnity, the How To Get Away With Murder star wore a bright orange peaked ensemble underneath.
Her address to the students has not yet been shared, the Catholic university’s Twitter account shared fragments of her speech.
Tradition: Viola was decked out in traditional black robes and sported her shoulder-length raven hair in voluminous curls
Looks good! She also wore a bright orange ensemble underneath, which stood out a bit
Making amends: She addressed both the 2020 and 2021 classes at the Los Angeles-based Catholic University as the ongoing pandemic sank last year’s ceremony
The highlights: Her speech to the students has not yet been shared, the Catholic University Twitter account shared excerpts of her speech
Viola encouraged the students to think about the story of their lives as they prepared for a new career or further education.
‘What is your truth? What’s your story? Or better yet, what are you willing to own? You know your truth by the way it feels,” she was quoted as saying.
She seemed to use a metaphor to explain that hardships can be useful learning opportunities.
“It’s a privilege to be you, even to have broken you. The wound is where the light enters you,” she continued.
As an acclaimed actress, she focused her speech on the importance of storytelling.
“Your truth is your legacy. The world eagerly awaits the addition of your beautiful, imperfect, perfect story. I hope your work and achievements match that,” she told the students.
Their truth: Viola encouraged students to think about the story of their lives as they prepared for a new career or more schooling
Getting stronger: She seemed to use a metaphor to explain that hardships can be useful learning moments
Telling their story: As an acclaimed actress, she focused her talk on the importance of storytelling
The reactions from students on Twitter were mostly positive.
“Viola Davis is my novice speaker and she just quoted rumi I cry like a baby,” wrote one social media user.
Another joked that the Fences star was a major upgrade from their own opening speaker.
“My first speaker was our anthropology professor… my sister’s speaker was Viola Davis,” another person joked.
Touching: Student response on Twitter has been mostly positive, with one Twitter user writing that they cried ‘like a baby’
They missed it: Another joked that the Fences star was a major upgrade from their own opening speaker
Viola’s next big project is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically mocked DC superhero film Suicide Squad, confusingly titled The Suicide Squad.
The new film replaces director David Ayer with Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn and features a largely new cast, save for Viola and returning stars Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney.
The action-comedy film features a variety of imprisoned super-villains who are given the opportunity to participate in a mission to destroy a Nazi-era lab that they are unlikely to return from, though they will be shaved off their sentences for some time if they do. are successful (and they survive).
While trying to take out the lab, the temporarily good villains are attacked by a Godzilla-sized Starfish-esque alien.
Davis returns as Amanda Waller, the head of the agency responsible for the use of the convicted inmates.
New Movie: Viola’s next big project is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically derided DC superhero film Suicide Squad, confusingly titled The Suicide Squad; seen opposite Idris Elba
The plot thickens: the new film follows a convicted group of super-villains who are sent on a deadly mission in hopes of reducing their prison sentences; pictured LR: David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Idris Elba and Daniela Melchior