Denzel Washington has been handed an honorary degree by officials at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
The actor donned traditional graduation robes to pick up the Honorary Doctor of Arts degree at a commencement ceremony on Monday (16May11).
Washington admitted he was nervous about the event, telling the student crowd, "I had to come exactly because I might make a fool of myself. I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nothing."
The Oscar winner, who studied a pre-med course at Fordham University in New York before trying out journalism and drama, also discussed his past mistakes, adding, "Do you have the guts to fail? If you don't fail, you're not even trying."