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Matthew McConaughey gives graduates advice at commencement ceremony

Matthew Mcconaughey gave life lessons and tips to graduates at the University of Houston commencement ceremony on Friday (15May15).

The Dallas Buyers Club star, who sported a bushy beard and long hair, attended his father Jim's alma mater in his native Texas to give college leavers an insight into what to expect after university before jetting off to the Cannes Film Festival in France to face critics of his new film The Sea of Trees.


Sitting on a stool onstage, McConaughey told the students, "We know the market for college graduates now is more competitive than ever. Some of you already have a job lined up, you have a path where today's job is gonna become tomorrow's career. But for most of you, the future is probably still a little fuzzy. And you don't have that job that directly reflects the degree that you just got.


"Many of you don't even have a job at all... You don't have the answers and it's pretty damn scary. And I say that's OK because that is how it is. This is the reality that many of you are facing, this is the world that we live in."


He also warned them "not fall into the entitlement trap of feeling like a victim", adding, "You are not. Get over it and get on with it".


After the speech, he was presented with a replica of his late father Jim's University of Houston Cougars football jersey.