Rhimes ’91 to Graduates: ‘Be a Doer, Not a Dreamer’
Rhimes, creator, writer, and producer of the ABC hits Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, told the graduates, faculty members, trustees, and guests assembled June 8 for Commencement that she had wasted time dreaming of becoming Toni Morrison before she settled for a job writing for television.
“Guess what? I couldn’t be Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. Because Toni Morrison already had that job and she wasn’t interested in giving it up,” Rhimes told the crowd.
“Years later, I had dinner with Toni Morrison. All she wanted to talk about was Grey’s Anatomy. That never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped dreaming of becoming her and gotten busy becoming myself.”
Some 13,500 people filled the Green under a brilliant blue sky on June 8 to witness Dartmouth confer more than 1,900 undergraduate, graduate, medical, engineering, and business degrees.
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photo by Jeff Woodward