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.
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?
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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?
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.
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.
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