Hollywood's Best Advice to 2015 Graduates: Take More Bikini Pictures and Other Words of Wisdom

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Stars fanned out across the country this spring to wish the class of 2015 — including their own relatives — good luck.

This story first appeared in the June 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Christopher Nolan
Princeton, June 1

Why: Chosen by seniors for his "exploration of important philosophical and sociological concepts" in his movies.

"Bruce Wayne -- yes, he attended Princeton, but he didn't graduate. So as of tomorrow, you are all already better than Batman."

Maya Rudolph 
Tulane University, May 16

Why: Cousin Sabrina Rudolph was a graduating senior and father Richard was class of 1968.

"If I could give my 21-year-old self any advice, it would be, 'Take as many bikini photos as you can now because your body is smokin' hot. And it will not be this bangin' after childbirth.' "

Matthew McConaughey
University of Houston, May 15

Why: He received a $135,000 fee, which he said will go to his foundation.

"These 'No Fear' T-shirts? I don't get 'em. Hell, I try to scare myself at least once a day."

Natalie Portman
Harvard University, May 27

Why: She was a member of the class of 2003.

"I was voted, for my senior yearbook, 'Most Likely to Be a Contestant on Jeopardy!' -- or code for 'nerdiest.' "

Denzel Washington
Dillard University, May 9

Why: He has supported its theater program and funded scholarships.

"I don't care how much money you make; you can't take it with you. You will never see a U-Haul behind a hearse."

Robert De Niro
New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, May 22

Why: De Niro once lived in nearby Tribeca.

"Yeah, you're f--ed. … The good news is, that's not a bad place to start."

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