LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview ISD officials say that this year’s 567 graduates of Longview High School will have a special guest speaker delivering the commencement speech on Friday night, himself an alumnus of Longview High School.
Tonight’s commencement speaker was LHS 1988 grad and Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey. He congratulated the students for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. His speech was loosely entitled, “What’s Your 20?” and he used the analogy of following your heart, which he compared to I-20, which takes one to his goal of Longview, if you’re on the interstate, or to your dreams, if your 20 is your heart. He admonished the students to guard their hearts, which he acknowledged is sometimes difficult in our world. He encouraged them to stay true to their beliefs and follow their dreams.
The district said, “Longview High School seniors will be celebrating a special milestone May 18, as they close out their high school careers and receive their diplomas.”
McConaughey showed huge support for the Lobos football team this past season leading up to their state championship win. He showed up for the Lobos in Austin when they were honored in front of the 86th Texas Legislature on March 6., 2019 in the House of Representatives.
Graduation ceremonies were held 7:30 p.m. at Lobo Stadium in Longview on Friday, May 17.