Latter-day Saint Life

"Be Awful": BYU Grads Receive Unexpected Advice at Graduation


BYU graduates received some rather unexpected advice from the president of the university Thursday, after which Elder Bradley D. Foster shared with them “a few secrets of life.”

"Be awful."

That was the unexpected advice given to 4,335 Brigham Young University graduates from the university's President Kevin J. Worthen during commencement exercises on Thursday afternoon.

“Before you dismiss my advice as a completely inappropriate effort to be unique rather than helpful, let me explain what I mean by that charge. … My admonition is that you ‘be awful’ in its original, unpejorated sense, that you always be aware of things that are awe-inspiring,” he said. “I am urging you to be full of awe, if you will.”

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