Alfre Woodard urges Tufts graduates to foster truth, justice

Woodard advised students to "put your phones down" and live life and not be afraid to "screw up, big time."

Somerville-Medford, MA -  5/19/19    Tufts University holds its 163rd commencement.  Actor and activist Alfre Woodard (cq) is one of five honorary degree recipients; she delivers the commencement address.
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Actor and activist Alfre Woodard delivered the commencement address at Tufts University on Sunday. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Actress Alfre Woodard has urged Tufts University graduates to “foster justice” in the world.

The award-winning actor, producer and activist advised the more than 3,000 graduates in her Sunday commencement address that they should strive to “stand for the true principles of life, liberty, choice, and the pursuit of happiness” and “never let anybody who is telling the truth stand alone.”

Woodard also advised students to “put your phones down” and live life and not be afraid to “screw up, big time.”

Woodard, who graduated from nearby Boston University, won a 1998 Golden Globe award for her work in the HBO film Miss Evers’ Boys. She also won Emmy Awards for her work on the television shows Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The Practice over her four-decade acting career.