John Waters Received Honorary Doctorate From RISD; Tells College Graduates ‘It’s Your Turn To Cause Trouble’

By Bindhu Mol. G | 3 years ago
John Waters Received Honorary Doctorate From RISD; Tells College Graduates ‘It’s Your Turn To Cause Trouble’
John Waters

Film director John Waters received an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on May 30, 2015. He urged the RISD graduates that it is their turn to go out in the world and cause artistic trouble.

John Waters Waters, the American film director, screenwriter, author, journalist, visual artist, actor, stand-up comedian and art collector, received an honorary doctorate at the 132nd commencement of the prestigious art school – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a source reports to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Associated Press reports:

“John Waters, center, walks in the procession before receiving an honorary doctor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design during commencement ceremonies in Providence, R.I., Saturday, May 30, 2015.”

John Waters gave the commencement address at RISD, and told the 669 graduates of the college to go out and “outrage outdated critics” and “make me nervous,” said the report.

“It’s your turn to cause trouble,” the film director said.

He further advised the students to give their children a safe place to be creative, as his parents did for him.

The PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) reported, “When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to.”

The director became popular in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. He is admired for the “cult classic Pink Flamingos” and other films that can touch your senses. Some of his TV shows are “Offspring,” “Til Death Do Us Part,” “John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You,” “Fireflies,” “I Love the ’70s: Volume 2.” He was the author of the book “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.”

The multi-talented iconic film director John Waters received an honorary degree from the prestigious art school. The commencement address given by the director after receiving the degree would have definitely inspired the graduates.

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