J.K. Simmons: Be Here Now

Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons delivers stirring Commencement address


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J.K. Simmons speaks at UM's Commencement in May.Academy Award-winning actor  J.K. Simmons ’78 delivered the address during UM’s 119th Commencement exercises in May inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

“I think what is most helpful for young people – for any people – is to do your best to adhere to the principle expressed in these three words: Be here now,” Simmons says. “That is something that I continue to tell myself.”

Simmons, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music, also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony, along with the late Jack Ward Thomas. Watch a video of the speech on UM’s YouTube page, www.youtube.com/universityofmontana.    

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