Ariana Lubelli May 19, 2017, 3:08 pmMay 19, 2017, 3:08 pm

J.J. Abrams delivers commencement address at Sarah Lawrence

The Class of 1988 member spoke about gratitude, respect and kindness for others in front of the over 350 graduates

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"I congratulate you all, Class of 2017, on yet another glorious beginning," said Hollywood director and Sarah Lawrence Alumni J.J. Abrams.

He delivered a simple but intriguing speech at Sarah Lawrence’s 2017 commencement ceremony.

The writer, producer, and director of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ focused his message on the importance of gratitude, respect, and kindness for others.

"Just saying what you were grateful for that day, stopping and pausing, it does a remarkable thing what that does for the soul and spirit,” said Abrams.

Students with big Hollywood dreams were inspired as Abrams shared memories of his time working on set with Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in Star Wars, and his experience writing for the TV series ‘Felicity’.

"It's really inspiring obviously, knowing that our school cultivated such great creative and at the same time, economic forces, in a way, in terms of pursuing the arts and making a living out of it," said graduate Kate Hamrick.

Nancy Prendergast, an attending parent said, "A young guy who has done so well and is so brilliant, it will be wonderful that you can see your alumnus doing so, so well."

More than 350 eager students graduated in the 2017 class. The commencement ceremony was held on-campus in Bronxville.

"I'm nervous, kind of in denial, because I can't believe it's happening but I feel good. I'm excited," said Isadora Fridlander, another graduate.



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