Brad Pitt Surprises Missouri State University’s Graduating Seniors With Touching Message
The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on all of us, but it has been particularly difficult for the nation’s graduating seniors who have been robbed of in-person graduation ceremonies because of lockdowns. That’s why Hollywood A-list star Brad Pitt decided to step up in a big way and give a special video message to the graduating seniors at Missouri State University.
Daily Mail reported that the 56 year-old actor gave a shout-out to the graduating students in a video message posted to the university’s social media pages.
“We have one more surprise for our #BearGrads: A special message from one of Springfield’s own. Thanks, Brad,” the video clip was captioned.
In the footage, Pitt can be seen with long hair and a green shirt on as he relaxes in his backyard.
“Hi everyone, Brad here from quarantine with a shout-out to the graduating class of Missouri State University!” Pitt said. “It must be very strange doing this in these trying times, but know we’re rooting for you. Our money’s on you to make this world a better place. And we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
“You did it, you made it! Enjoy, congrats again, and think big!” Pitt concluded.
We have one more surprise for our #BearGrads: A special message from one of Springfield’s own.
Thanks, Brad. pic.twitter.com/tCtWgzhozI
— Missouri State (@MissouriState) May 19, 2020
Pitt went to the University of Missouri, but he grew up in the town of Springfield, where Missouri State University is located. Pitt had majored in journalism and advertising before he caught the acting bug and moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, but unlike many Hollywood stars, he never forgot where he came from.
When Pitt was asked what it was like growing up in Springfield a few years ago, it was clear he enjoyed the experience.
“Well, it was Springfield, Missouri, which is a big place now, but we grew up surrounded by cornfields—which is weird because we always had canned vegetables,” Pitt said. “I never could figure that one out! Anyway, ten minutes outside of town, you start getting into forests and rivers and the Ozark Mountains. Stunning country.”