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Denzel Washington Receives Honorary Degree at UPenn

Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Denzel Washington received an honorary degree Monday during the University of Pennsylvania's graduation ceremony.

Addressing the 5,000 or so graduates at Philadelphia's Ivy League school, where his son, Malcolm, is a sophomore, the Oscar-winning actor encouraged them to take chances in life.

"If you don't fail, you're not even trying," he said.

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