Julie Andrews delivers commencement address at CU

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BOULDER, Colo. — Actress Julie Andrews gave the commencement address at the University of Colorado at Boulder Friday morning and urged students to “live lightly” and “be an ambassador for the kind of world that you want to live in.”

Andrews, the Academy Award-winning actress who starred in “The Sound of Music,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Princess Diaries,” told the graduates to supportĀ  the arts.

“Wherever your path takes you, make the arts a meaningful part of your life in some way. Honestly, they are food for the soul. They revitalize us. They transport us. Inspires us. Shape us. Humble us. They connect us worldwide in ways that nothing else can,” Andrews said.

She charmed the crowd, beginning her speech saying “Hello Buffalo people.”

She then told them she went to dinner Thursday night on Pearl Street and “kissed the buffalo,” referring to a rite of passage for CU students to kill a buffalo at a bar on the Pearl Street Mall.

CU awarded 6,084 degrees Friday morning. Preliminary results of a survey of seniors shows 54 percent of the graduates expect full-time employment after graduation. About 15 percent expect part-time work.

Others will go on to graduate school, military service, traveling and volunteering, the survey said.