Rashida Jones Speech: Choose Love

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Watch this famous Rashida Jones Speech. Actress Rashida L. Jones, best known for her roles in TV sitcoms “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” mixed lighthearted memories of her time at Harvard with a call for political action in her speech at the Class of 2016’s Class Day Exercises. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.


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Rashida Jones Quote:

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The minute you feel like there’s nothing left to learn, whether it’s with your career or life, you’re done.” Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones full TRANSCRIPT:

“Harvard, what’s up?! What’s up?! Graduates, faculty, class marshals, President Faust, Dean Khurana, honored guests, parents, confused tourists, friends, bored siblings and other family members, thank you so much for having me here today and Congratulations to all of you, particularly the class of 2016 and congratulations to the parents. Parents, today is a big day for you too. You have significantly lowered your chances of your kids moving back home. It could still happen though, so don’t get cocky. Okay? Don’t turn that room into a home gym yet. When I first got the call to be the class day speaker, I was touched and thrilled and I swelled with pride. Of course, that call came in 2011 and they only called me because they needed me to forward the request to Amy Poehler. But this year when I got the call, I had the same reaction I had when I was accepted to Harvard, “Wow! A bunch of people said no and they had to go to the waiting list”. That’s true. I was on the waiting list.

Nonetheless, this is a dream come true, so thank you for allowing me to be here today. I graduated from this esteemed establishment in 1997. 19 years ago, I was right where you are. I was poised to receive the highest collegiate honor in the world, so naturally I slept through my alarm and was woken up by my boyfriend’s roommate. Panicked and hung over, I checked my pager, that was cutting edge back then, by the way, and as I bolted into the yard, I threw on my cap and gown like I was in a John Hughes movie and made it just in time for commencement. I wish I could say a lot has changed since then. Unfortunately, the exact same montage played out this morning, minus the cap and gown. Plus, a newly chronic knee problem, which slowed me down and obviously, I have a much nicer pager now.

Just standing here in Harvard yard, I can easily transport myself back in time. I made so many wonderful memories here on this campus that will last a lifetime, taking a quick power nap backstage at Sanders before an Opportunes jam. Catching some… Yeah. Catching some truly impressive Zs in Lamont library, falling asleep being anywhere near the science center. And then some non-sleep related memories like pre-gaming for a 90s dance at Eliot House, which at the time we just called a dance, hooking up with someone in Kirkland so I wouldn’t have to walk all the way back to Currier, hooking up with someone in Dunster A entry so I wouldn’t have to walk all the way back to Dunster C entry.
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