John Krasinski claims that when he gave the 2019 commencement speech at Brown University, he was “absolutely terrified.” So for the newest episode of “Some Good News,” the Newton native enlisted some inspirational celebrities to address graduates virtually.
Before diving into its virtual graduation, the sixth episode of “Some Good News” began as usual by highlighting positive news stories happening during the coronavirus pandemic, including the story of an 88-year-old Watertown man who used a bucket truck to visit his wife at the Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Waltham.
Krasinski also brought in Samuel L. Jackson to reenact a good-news story that had no video involved, with the actor playing the part of two 6-year-old girls who sat outside and yelled compliments at passersby. And for the show’s weekly weather forecast, Krasinski enlisted Ryan Reynolds, with the Canadian actor mirroring previous celeb meteorologists Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro with a deadpan forecast of “pretty good.”
The second half of the episode focused on the graduation ceremony, in which the actor brought selected graduates together with inspirational figures for private Q&As. Grads had a chance to talk to Oprah Winfrey, Jon Stewart, Steven Spielberg, and Malala Yousafzai.
Spielberg spoke about how the public response to the coronavirus has a lot of good lessons for grads as they start the next chapter of their lives.
“One of the things this moment is teaching us is that truly anything is possible,” Spielberg said. “It will be imagination and innovation that gets us all to the other side. I know this is a time of huge loss, but it’s also a chance to dream big about our futures together. And your generation has something important to say about making that a better future for all of us.”