Matthew McConaughey Returns To High School And Gets Diploma From 1988

It's always nice when someone saves something for you to pick up another time, so you don't have to take it home with you there and then. In fact, I usually leave things at my friends' houses just so I'm allowed to go back there.

So maybe that's what Matthew McConaughey was doing more than 30 years ago, when he failed to pick up his high school diploma. There's taking the piss and then there's doing it royally, isn't there? Luckily he turned up this week to pick it up. Finally!

Kind of can't believe his high school even still had it. I wonder if they're clinging on to the uncollected certificates of any of his less decorated schoolmates from the class of '88, who now work in call centres or supermarkets? Come on, it's only fair.

I don't know about you but I've got a sneaky suspicion that Longview High School kept hold of that diploma because they were probably hoping that he would, one day, agree to go back to the school.

Well, he did just that on Friday night when he returned to address the class of 2019.

Actor and 1988 Longview High School graduate Matthew McConaughey delivers the commencement speech at the school's graduation ceremony. Credit: PA
Actor and 1988 Longview High School graduate Matthew McConaughey delivers the commencement speech at the school's graduation ceremony. Credit: PA

According to a Longview High School spokeswoman, the graduates usually get (empty) diploma holders during the ceremony itself and have to pick up their actual diploma at a later date. Admin at it's finest right there.

Hard to see why he didn't go and pick it up really, isn't it?

When he was given the diploma, the 49-year-old responded with one word: "Proof." Think of the doors that will be open to him now, eh?

Kamden Perry, left, and Jephaniah Lister present actor Matthew McConaughey with an autographed football at the school's graduation ceremony. Credit: PA
Kamden Perry, left, and Jephaniah Lister present actor Matthew McConaughey with an autographed football at the school's graduation ceremony. Credit: PA

The MailOnline reported that before receiving the certificate, McConaughey had to address the graduates, telling them that he succeeded because he followed his heart.

He said: "Thirty-one years ago, I was you, a graduating Longview Lobo. The most important reason for my success, and I believe what will be the most important thing for your success, the one thing that we all have that should never be for sale, the thing that we give the most of and should protect with our life... that thing is our heart."

He then asked them: "What's your 20?"

Huh? 20? What's he going on about here, then? Anyone? Apparently, it's a term used to ask for a person's location... makes total sense.

McConaughey arrived with his children. Credit: PA
McConaughey arrived with his children. Credit: PA

He continued: "Follow your heart, own your heart, make your heart your 20 at all times. Like the recent tornado that swung through here, it attacked, it broke a few hearts, but you will heal.

"You will rebuild. Why? Because you've got your heart. It's your 20."

The Dallas Buyers Club star then concluding by saying: "So as you go from here tonight and wherever you go for the rest of your life, wherever you are, I want you to ask yourself this question from now on: 'Man, what's my 20?' and know that it's your heart."

That's a LAD right there if we ever did see one.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp logoInline safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013