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Tom Hanks Speaks at Vassar College

Tom Hanks (search) told Vassar College (search) graduates that one four-letter word holds the answer to most of life's problems.

Whether it's battling gridlock in Southern California or making sense of the world, Hanks said Sunday any problem in the world can be solved as long as people are willing to help.

"Help and you will make a huge impact in the life of the street, the town, the country and our planet," the Oscar-winning actor said. His daughter, Elizabeth Hanks, was among some 670 graduates in the 141st commencement ceremony at the private liberal arts college in the Hudson Valley.

"You will always be able to help, so do it," said the star of such films as "Saving Private Ryan (search)," "Splash (search)" and "Apollo 13 (search)." "Make peace where it is precious. Help plant trees. Help embrace diversity and celebrate difference. Help stop gridlock."