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Comedian Mindy Kaling delivers graduation speech at Dartmouth


Comedian Mindy Kaling delivered an inspiring graduation speech at her alma mater Dartmouth College and used Trump as an example of how far one can go if they simply believe in themselves.

Speaking at Sunday’s commencement ceremony, The Mindy Project creator urged graduates to take note of Trump’s over-the-top confidence.

‘Two years in I think we can pretty safely say he’s not getting carved into Mount Rushmore but damn if that is not a testament to how far you can get by just believing that you are the smartest, most successful person in the world. My point is you have to have insane confidence in yourself, even if it’s not real,’ she said.

Mindy Kaling delivered a graduation speech at her alma mater Dartmouth College on Sunday

Mindy Kaling delivered a graduation speech at her alma mater Dartmouth College on Sunday

The 38-year-old actress said Trump is a testament to how far one can get in life by 'believing that you are the smartest, most successful person in the world'

The 38-year-old actress said Trump is a testament to how far one can get in life by ‘believing that you are the smartest, most successful person in the world’

She graduated from the Ivy League in 2001 with a degree in playwriting and went on to write and star in her own comedy show The Mindy Project

She graduated from the Ivy League in 2001 with a degree in playwriting and went on to write and star in her own comedy show The Mindy Project

She joked that her superpower is delusion – something she says she and Trump share.

‘I’ll tell you my secret, the one thing that keeps me going, my superpower: delusion. This is something I share with the president, a fact that is both horrifying and interesting,’ she said as the crowd laughed. 

The 38-year-old actress further poked fun at the president saying he ‘tweeted us into war with Wakanda’, the fictional country from Black Panther.

At one point in her speech, Kaling called for the attention of the female graduates, hilariously quipping that the men could ‘use the next 30 seconds thinking about the extra money they will be making for doing the same job as a woman’. 

‘Girls, we need to do a better job of supporting each other. Wouldn’t it be better to work together to dismantle a system that makes us feel like there’s limited room for us?’ she said as the crowd roared with cheer. 

Kaling also spoke of the importance of not adhering to a checklist in life, revealing that her post-college checklist was to win an Oscar, star in her own show and have a baby by 30. 

She gave birth to her first child, Katherine, in December. 

‘Spoiler alert: I’ve only done one of those things. That is a really scary feeling, knowing how far I strayed from the person I wanted to be when I was 21,’ she said. 

Kaling closed her speech saying: 'Go conquer the world. Just remember this: why not you? You made it this far'

Kaling closed her speech saying: ‘Go conquer the world. Just remember this: why not you? You made it this far’

She reminisced her college days and posted this photo posing in front of her old dorm room

She reminisced her college days and posted this photo posing in front of her old dorm room

She graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001 and also received an honorary degree at  Sunday's ceremony

She graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001 and also received an honorary degree at  Sunday’s ceremony

‘I was not somebody who should have the life I have now, and yet I do. I sat in the chair you are sitting in right now, and I whispered “Why not me?” and I kept whispering it for the past 17 years,’ she added. 

Her speech was peppered with wisdom from the inspirational bits of ‘don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something’ to the more practical advice of ‘buy a toilet plunger’. 

‘Go conquer the world. Just remember this: why not you? You made it this far,’ she said in her closing remarks.   

The writer graduated from the Ivy League school in 2001 with a degree in playwriting. 

She also received an honorary degree during the ceremony. 

A few years after her own graduation, Kaling became a writer and producer for The Office where she played Kelly Kapoor on the show. 

She was also the first woman of color to create, write, produce and star in a comedy show and her show The Mindy Project ran for six seasons.  

Her new film, the female-led Ocean’s 8 opened at number one this weekend. 



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