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Matthew McConaughey addresses pupils as he receives original high school diploma

He told the new graduates that he had succeeded because he followed his heart.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has finally received his high school diploma, more than 30 years after graduating.

McConaughey was given his original diploma on Friday when he returned to his Texas alma mater to address the class of 2019.

A Longview High School spokeswoman told the Longview News-Journal that graduates normally receive diploma holders during commencement ceremonies and that the actual diplomas must be picked up later.

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey said he followed his heart (Les Hassell/The News-Journal via AP)

She said McConaughey never got his.

McConaughey, 49, graduated from Longview in 1988. He responded to receiving his diploma with one word: “Proof.”

McConaughey lives in Austin, Texas. He won an Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.

He told the new graduates that he had succeeded because he followed his heart, and that they should guard and follow theirs.

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