McRaven’s 2014 UT commencement address

Admiral William H. McRaven delivers the 2014 UT commencement address to more than 8,000 graduates (Courtesy: Texas Exes YouTube)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — “It’s been almost 37 years to the day that I graduated from UT,” said  Admiral William H. McRaven during his opening of the commencement speech he delivered to the University of Texas’ 2014 graduating class in mid-May.

“I remember a lot of things about that day,” he went on, joking about a throbbing headache from a party the night before.

McRaven’s address to more than 8,000 graduates that day went viral. It’s likely due to the 10 simple life lessons he imparted, starting with the first — and perhaps most important — of the feat of making your bed in the morning.

The Texas Exes YouTube video now has more than 2.2 million views.

Read more about McRaven’s expected next gig as the UT System chancellor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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