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JHU Celebrates the Class of 2015


JHU President Ronald J. Daniels

Addressing a soggy crowd of graduating Johns Hopkins University students this morning, Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull emphasized the necessity of failure as part of a creative life.

He urged graduates to think of failure not as a "necessary evil," but as a "necessary consequence of doing something new—and you should always do something new."

Catmull, a five-time Academy Award winner and president of both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios, delivered his commencement address against a backdrop of umbrellas and clear plastic ponchos at a chilly Homewood Field. The computer scientist spoke of his experiences in Silicon Valley, the lessons he learned while building Pixar and later merging with Disney, and his memories of working with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Throughout, he focused on the value of trying and failing.

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