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Actress-alumna Glover wows crowd at 2011 summer commencement

Graduating FSU students appeared more starry-eyed than usual on Aug. 6 as School of Theatre alumna, singer and award-winning actress Montego Glover radiated wit and wisdom in her lead role as Florida State's 2011 summer commencement speaker. Her advice to the graduates included five "fundamentals" that form what she called the "next-level survival kit" for the world beyond the classroom.

"First and foremost, stuff both your mind and body with good, nutritious food," Glover said. "By treating yourself with respect and love, you will teach others how to treat you. Second, tell the truth, on stage and off. Third, mind your money. After all, your parents adore you but they don't want to support you financially for the rest of your life. Fourth, keep your word. When you say you're going to do something, do it, so that you become a responsible member of your community, whatever that community is.

"And, finally, remember that you are one of a kind, there is no one else like you, but you are also replaceable," she said. "Knowing this will help you to stand up for yourself but also to know when to step aside for someone else and move on to other opportunities."

Of the more than 2,500 students graduating on Aug. 6, an estimated 1,200 were on hand to help Florida State President Eric J. Barron welcome Glover to the commencement ceremony, which kicked off just after 9 a.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

Read the full article and see footage of the address at