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The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland gave the commencement address at this month’s graduation ceremony for the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.
Holland detailed his circuitous journey to graduating from USC with a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2017, which, of course, was interrupted by singing in a Platinum-selling punk rock band. He also shared a story about how working in the lab when he was a graduate student led to him coming up with the line “You gotta keep ’em separated” from the Offspring song “Come Out and Play.”
“I believe that there’s an intersection between art and science,” Holland said. “And that even in our scientific field we draw upon our creativity.”
You can watch a stream of the USC Keck School of Medicine 2022 commencement ceremony now via YouTube. Holland’s remarks begin around the 42:20 mark.
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