Matt Carpenter Delivers UCCS fall 2019 Commencement Address
In his keynote address at UCCS’ fall 2019 Commencement, Matt Carpenter ’06 encouraged graduates to carry three concepts with them – gratitude, pursuing their passions and mentorship – in order to make their communities better places to live.
Carpenter addressed more than 500 graduates and their families at the Broadmoor World Arena during the Dec. 20 commencement ceremony.
“We are fortunate to live in Colorado,” he said, “and I hope as you complete this education and graduation journey and consider where to live now or in the future, that you will make Colorado your home. Once you find a place to live, I hope you will remember these three concepts I have shared with you today: gratitude, pursing your passion, and mentorship. These will help you have a meaningful life, and also transform your community to a better place for everyone.”
Carpenter memorably illustrated his advice for the graduates by walking them through the 1999 cult classic film Galaxy Quest, in which Tim Allen delivers the famous line, “Never give up, never surrender!”
“I believe that life is more fun when you love what you do. But knowing your passion is just the first part of it,” Carpenter said.
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