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Michael Keaton caps commencement speech with two words: 'I'm Batman'

17 May 2018

For some, it's Adam West, who portrayed the Caped Crusader on both the small and big screen in the 1960s.

Keaton delivered the 2018 commencement address for Kent State University (where he went to college) in OH last weekend, and while he probably gave inspiring advice about not letting other people define you and the obligatory Robert Frost and/or Shel Silverstein quote, the speech will only be remembered for two words. But if there were, actor Michael Keaton would have to be considered a frontrunner for this year's prize.

Keaton uttered those words in Tim Burton's Batman from 1989 and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns. Keaton clearly understands how important it is to have a killer closing, so the actor left the young graduates with two words of invaluable advice. "I got two words that I want you all to remember".

As he got to the end of his speech, he encouraged students to "be generous, be fair, be courageous and be yourself" but the most powerful line was his final two words.

Following his speech, Keaton received a plaque from the University president for serving as commencement speaker and he told the crowd he wanted to leave them with two words: "I'm Batman".

Michael Keaton was the hero that graduation ceremony deserved and the one it needed. Some heroes... wear robes.

Michael Keaton caps commencement speech with two words: 'I'm Batman'