Academy Award winning actor and University of Montana graduate J.K. Simmons gave the commencement address to more than 3,000 UM graduates today, but not before he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the university on an extremely windy morning in Missoula.
Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in the 2015 Oscars for his role in "Whiplash."
The UM alum gave the crowd of graduates, their families, and friends some key points of advice, including a lesson he learned from a vocal coach as he prepared for a part in a musical performance.
"You've done the work, and you're prepared, so there's no reason to be nervous. And that really sunk in to me at that time," said Simmons.
Simmons and Dr. Jack Thomas, former Chief of the U.S. Forest Service under President Bill Clinton, were both awarded honorary degrees, with Thomas receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Science.