The 72-year-old “Terminator” actor appeared in a video in which he spoke directly to the students graduating in 2020 in an effort to soften the blow of in-person ceremonies being canceled across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The actor discussed the importance of overcoming life’s obstacles and noted that commencement is a time to celebrate not just earning one’s degree, but the tireless hours they took to get there.
“You are celebrating that journey today. Not just a piece of paper that you hang on a wall,” the actor declared.
With that, Schwarzenegger held up an honorary doctorate he received from Trump University, Trump’s failed 2004 venture that was eventually shuttered following allegations of fraud.
“This is nothing,” the actor declared while holding the framed degree. “I mean we all have these pieces of paper, but let’s be honest. This celebration, by the way, is not the end. Yes, it is the end of this particular chapter, but it is the beginning of your next climb. It is time to celebrate now, be in the moment, go all out, yes of course. But tomorrow, when this is all over, it’s time to start developing your vision and it’s time to start climbing toward your vision.”
Because of coronavirus, you are graduating into a world filled with obstacles, so I wanted you to know that no matter how successful you are, there will always be obstacles. But you can overcome and move toward your vision. Europeans don’t talk about medical issues much, we protect them like state secrets. Maybe it’s a sign I’m Americanized, but I wanted to share the story of my heart surgery going south four months before Terminator. I hope it gives you motivation in these hard times.