Korver Tells Graduates 'Shoot It to Make It'

Korver Tells Graduates ‘Shoot It to Make It’

Creighton journalism graduate Kyle Korver, BA’03, a 16-year NBA veteran and one of the premier 3-point shooters in league history, urged Creighton’s May graduates to be men and women who are “fully alive.”

“Don’t just shoot it to shoot it; shoot it to make it,” said Korver, Creighton’s 2019 commencement speaker, who was presented an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

“Each of you is made up of many parts, many interests, many opinions, many experiences,” he said. “Own these. Share these. Don’t let the world convince you that your voice isn’t important.”

Korver, who has been inducted into the Creighton Athletics and Missouri Valley Conference Halls of Fame, helped guide the Bluejays to four NCAA Tournament appearances as a student-athlete at Creighton from 1999 to 2003.

A second-round NBA Draft selection, Korver has played with five NBA teams, appeared in two NBA Finals, and has been an NBA All-Star selection. He currently ranks fourth all-time in 3-point field goals, with 2,351.

In addition to his success on the court, Korver is also noted for his philanthropy and community service, and has used his unique position as a professional athlete to speak out on issues of social justice, including a recent essay on race and white privilege that appeared in The Players’ Tribune.

“Class of 2019, my hope for you is that you can find purpose in your work, your relationships, your adventures in life. But I also hope you can find meaning in how you engage with the world outside of yourself.”

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