The Doctors Ate My Commencement Speech

The Why Did I Get Married? actor Richard T. Jones may instead be asking himself “Why did I agree to give that speech?” after he tried to wing it last month as the keynote at the University of Maryland University College’s commencement.

Mr. Jones’s speech, which centered on the importance of thoughts, is being savaged across the Internet.

“I had this great speech ready for you guys,” he tells his audience at the outset. “Then they put me behind a bunch of doctors — they put an actor behind a bunch of doctors — and they said everything I was going to say. So I figure I’ll just keep talking until I say something.”

After a few minutes of improvisational remarks, Mr. Jones concludes: “There’s a thought that’s going to shape your destiny. And basically that’s all I have to say.”

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