Quentin Tarantino, along with Rita Moreno, accepted honorary Doctorate of Fine Art degrees from the American Film Institute on June 16.
The “Pulp Fiction” helmer took the stage at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood to share some inspiring words with the 116 students who also graduated that same day, advocating that they contribute to society in a bigger way.
“I’m challenging you and imploring you to do your best,” Tarantino said. “And I think your best is to be part of the conversation, part of the artistic conversation.”
The distinguished helmer continued by telling them that when they go on to create something, whether it be in film television or multimedia, they should touch topics of race, culture, the world and politics.
“Nothing will make me happier,” he added. “And in eight years from now, 15 years from now, or 20 years from now, maybe we’ll be at some event together.”
Tarantino, whose love for movies grew at a young age, educated himself on the subject by working at a video store. While this may be his most official academic laurel, he has had his fair share of honors, including two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay. His most recent work, “The Hateful Eight” was also nominated for three Oscars and took home the statute for Best Original Score.
“I just want to say, welcome. We need you,” the auteur stated, ended his touching speech.
Watch his speech below: