Over the weekend, Jennifer Garner was asked to be a commencement speaker at her Alma Mater, Denison University.

In agreeing to do so, the actress and mom-of-three imparted words of wisdom on the class of 2019. But they weren’t just lessons valuable to those in the audience, they are lessons valuable to anyone at any stage of their life.

Here is what Garner had to say:

First: Don’t walk down the Grand Canyon:

She quips that the view from the bottom isn’t as great as it is from the top and it’s a “pain in the a** to walk back up again.”

Second: Don’t smoke or vape:

She put simply that everyone knows vaping smells good, but now that they are “adulting, it’s not cute. Just don’t do it.”

Third: Nothing looks better in your 50s than sunscreen in your 20s:

The actress joked that no one ever listens to that advice, but mentions “Neutrogena” for whom she is a brand ambassador for.

Four: When it comes to Halloween costumes go “funny over sexy”:

“Why would you dress like a flirty nurse when you could be a mailbox? It’s an opportunity.”

Five: Mixed signals are not “mixed signals,” there a “NO!”

Six: Impose self-discipline on three things:

Those three things include having a book on your bedside table at all times and reading it, be in charge of the amount of social media you consume on a daily basis, and foster a “sense of humor around yourself,” if not, you run the risk of being “boring.”

Seven: If you are a woman, the stage has been set:

The mom-of-three said, “The world is yours to grab, go out and get it, girl.”

Eight: Stay close to your friend from college:

Garner said friends from college and the experiences you had together are “invaluable,” and also, without her friends from college, she “wouldn’t know any republicans.”

Garner’s remarks begin roughly an hour into the video below:


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