MSNBC host Chris Matthews speaks at UR commencement

Updated: 05/18/2014 6:53 PM
Created: 05/18/2014 1:44 PM WHEC.com

It was a big day for thousands of University of Rochester students who received their degrees Sunday morning.

The university held its commencement ceremony Sunday morning for College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering students at the River Campus. One of several ceremonies taking place this weekend featuring more than 3,000 graduates who walking the stage.

Speaking at Sunday's commencement was MSNBC host Chris Matthews.

In his speech, Matthews poked fun at the Western New York weather and told the crowd he had enjoyed a garbage plate during his trip to Rochester. He also passed along a sincere message to the students who didn't yet have a clear post-graduation path. Telling them, it's okay if you aren't quite sure what you want to do or what you will do.

"Not being so sure where you're headed might not be such a bad thing right now," said Matthews. "It may be a signal to you that it might take a while, maybe years, for you to interpret where you want to go."

"If you don't have a clear hunch right now about what you want and how to match it to reality, it may come to you later, if you find a way to give it a chance. It may be in the back of your head right now, something you care about, but have no earthly idea how to turn it in to something. But let's face it, nobody likes to say it in America. For all our devotion to freedom, like the kind you had right here academically, the kind you'll find when you leave here today can be a scary thing."

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