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Wu encourages grads to embrace their stories

Actress Constance Wu delivers remarks to graduating seniors.
Constance Wu. Photo credit: Noël Heaney
 

Actress, producer and writer Constance Wu delivered wisdom to thousands of graduating undergraduates at Barton Hall May 25 for the Class of 2022 Senior Convocation.

Touchdown celebrates with graduating seniors
Touchdown celebrates with graduating seniors

One area of insight the "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Fresh off the Boat" actress discussed was to encourage students to take risks and not be afraid of mistakes, which sometimes can be a good thing.

“Of course, I’m not advocating for your failure. But as you descend from the hill this weekend and make your way to whatever chapter awaits, knowing that you can survive big misses is exactly what might inspire the big swing that manages to connect,” she said. “Because it’s not about failure, but what you do with it. I mean, you guys couldn’t control a pandemic, you couldn’t control social restrictions, but you did what you could with it. And your lives will be richer for having those tools.”

Marla Love, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Stanley Dean of Students, and Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life
Marla Love, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Stanley Dean of Students, and Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life

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Also delivering remarks at the ceremony were President Martha E. Pollack, Marla Love, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Convocation Chair Lotoya Francis ‘22 and Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life.

View the entire 2022 Senior Convocation on CornellCast

Senior Convocation also showcased a variety of student performances, including the taiko drumming group Yamatai, the African Dance Repertoire, a cappella group Class Notes and poet Nasra Ismail ‘22, who read a piece dedicated to the Class of 2022.

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