Steven Van Zandt took to the podium at Rutgers University Sunday (May 14) to give the graduating class of 2017 some sound advice.
The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist offered words of wisdom at the New Brunswick college commencement ceremony, drawing on his own experiences as a musician, actor and activist.
“Greatness isn’t born. It is developed,” he told the graduates. “Greatness is a decision that you make, and you make that decision every single day in everything you do, no matter how small.’’
He also advised “find a way to do what you love, because you are going to be doing it a long time…Don’t tolerate incompetence and mediocrity…And give a little back on a regular basis.”
Van Zandt also received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree.