Neil Gaiman's Commencement Advice Is Internet Sensation

Address by the award-winning author and graphic novelist is being called the best commencement speech of 2012

Neil Gaiman with artwork by the Graphic Design class of 2012
Photo by Gabriela Barrantes '13 (Photography)

Updated June 27, 2012

With more than 430,000 views and counting, the 2012 commencement speech by award-winning author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman to graduates of the University of the Arts urging them to "make good art" has become an international Internet sensation, striking a chord with creative people around the world.

In the weeks since Gaiman's first-ever commencement address, it has been tweeted thousands of times, viewed in 146 countries, translated into eight languages, interpreted in illustration and cartoon quotes, and is being called the best commencement speech of 2012. It's been featured online in The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post and on NPR's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook."

Gaiman also received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts (HDFA) at UArts' 134th Commencement ceremony, held May 17, 2012, at the Academy of Music on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts. The Sandman and Coraline author gave heartfelt and funny advice to the 546 graduates of the University's colleges of Art, Media and Design and Performing Arts, whose disciplines range from illustration to dance and sculpture to musical theater.

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