Bill Nye Tells UMass Lowell Graduates to Change the World

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” delivered the Commencement Address at UMass Lowell’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies at the Tsongas Center on Saturday, May 17.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” delivered the Commencement Address at UMass Lowell’s 2014 Commencement ceremonies at the Tsongas Center on Saturday, May 17.
Courtesy UMass Lowell/Tory Germann

The science of delivering a commencement speech was on full display Saturday morning when Bill Nye, also known as “the Science Guy,” delivered UMass Lowell’s commencement speech.

Nye’s address to the graduates, which was a veritable plea for them to go off bravely and confidently navigate their post-collegiate existences by changing the world, referenced global issues such as the legitimacy of climate change, reported Boston Magazine.

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"Conspiracy theories are for lazy people, people who don't want to get down to the business at hand, so everybody please dismiss those ideas at once," he said. "We have to engage [those people], and bring them around, so we can get to work and dare I say it, change the world. We are at a tipping point and with just a little bit more engagement, and discussion, and a few more hilarious comedy bits, people will get to work on climate change. I want you to spark this movement, and give it direction, and I want you to change the world."

Last month, Nye explained to Boston.com exactly what he hoped the graduates would take away from his words.