Reynolds is a former student.
With the new coronavirus pandemic, schools are unable to hold graduation ceremonies and parties this year, leaving graduates to find other ways to mark the special occasion.
Reynolds begins the video by mentioning a school teacher – Jonah Eckert – who was a friend of Reynolds when they went to school together.
“When we graduated, I remember he was super excited because he was going to launch a money laundering operation with the deal in southern Mexico,” said Reynolds.
“But I guess becoming a teacher was plan B?” “
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Reynolds says he doesn’t really have a plan for making the video, but adds that Kits Secondary was one of the best things that happened to him, until then anyway.
“I’m still friends with so many people I graduated from, which says a lot,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds offered what he called a “little wisdom chestnut” to the graduates, which he said worked for him: practicing some form of compassion every day.
“Whether it’s for you or someone else – especially someone else, that’s fine. “
Urging graduates to practice empathy, rather than divide and conquer the world, Reynolds says empathy has taken him much further in his life and career than anything else.
“Mirroring, empathy, validating someone else’s experience or point of view is about the most radical act of ambition you can ever demonstrate. “
“Above all, it made me happy. “
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At the end of the video, a message appears stating that Reynolds is missing Nat’s pizzeria, located near Kitsilano Secondary.
Each graduate will receive a large pizza each, paid for by Reynolds, as they enter the next chapter of their lives.
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