Words of wisdom for the graduates, courtesy of Dessa

  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 7:47 PM

"Failure is a tool," rapper and writer Dessa told a graduating class of thousands last week. But not a tool in some ugly-duckling fable, she said.

"In being able to tolerate the prospect of failure," she continued, "you become bold enough to be appropriately ambitious when selecting your future objectives."

Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, delivered the commencement address for the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, of which she is an alumna.

"If you want a really good speech about how to be successful, I suggest that you Google Steve Jobs," she said. "He really killed it.

"Today, I'm going to talk a little bit about why I think failure is important."

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