Sarah Jessica Parker gave the keynote address to Harvard Law School's graduating class on Wednesday afternoon at the school's annual Class Day ceremony. The 51-year-old actress best known for her leading role as the quick-talking Carrie Bradshaw in HBO's series Sex and the City offered nine hopes for the soon-to-be lawyers—similar hopes, she added, to the ones she has for her own children.
"Thinking of this next chapter of your lives, I want to stand in front of every train that will hit you," she said. "The thoughts I offer today are the same I offer to my own children ... I want to be there to assure you that you will recover from heartbreak, to convince you on your most blue day that you will not always feel so alone, to remind you not to sacrifice your integrity even when it might feel a much more swift avenue toward your goal, to whisper in your ear that other people's opinion of you doesn't have to be the opinion you keep of yourself, to encourage you to think twice before saying nothing."
Parker, who is mom to three children with husband Matthew Broderick, wore a white, embroidered, long-sleeve tunic dress for the event, which she accessorized with a pair of statement necklaces and pointy-toed pumps.
The mom of three shared her hope that the freshly-minted lawyers maintain their self-awareness, individuality, and that they learn to harness their fears. She also reminded them not to forget the meaning behind their work.
"At its heart, in its very essence and purpose, our work is about people," she told them. "The beauty of a dramatic moment or perfectly reasoned argument is meaningless in a world separate from the people it affects."
Leaving them little room for deliberation, Parker dismissed them. "I know you are ready," she said with a smile. "The people rest."