Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford is encouraging college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators with others and the environment to overcome life’s daunting difficulties.

Redford was the commencement speaker Sunday at Maine’s Colby College. He received an honorary degree of fine arts from the school before an audience of thousands.

The actor, director, and producer says that while they are “stepping into a world that’s pretty rough,” with wars, debt, and climate change, college graduates have been given the tools to make a difference.

Redford is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He is known for such films as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” ”All The President’s Men,” ”The Way We Were” and “Ordinary People.”