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Jim Carrey’s Visit Here (Part 1)

Jim Carrey with MUM President Bevan Morris.

Jim Carrey delivered the commencement address here on May 24. The Cedar Rapids Gazette called it “the best commencement address ever.” He stood before a packed house of listeners with astronomical expectations, and seemed to effortlessly exceed every one. A blend of philosophical and hilarious, his speech was a seamless ebb and flow of classic antics and poignant words of advice that left us in both stitches and awe. In between doling out one-liners and cheerfully teasing the trustees to the audible delight of the crowd, he spoke from the heart and gave a speech teeming with piercing, quotable lines that boiled life lessons down to their simplest forms.

Perhaps the most memorable of these moments was when he spoke of a life lesson he learned as a child. He told of watching his father forego his own passion for comedy to take what he thought to be a safe job, only to be let go unexpectedly. “You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” he said as cheers erupted from the audience.

As the address came to a close, the actor described the value of perceiving challenges as beneficial and left us with a request that we replace our hope with faith. “I don’t believe in hope.” he said. “Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire and faith leaps over it.”

While Jim was here, he met with the David Lynch MA in Film students for more than half an hour. More about that in a later post!