Mindy Kaling gets candid about being a single mother in Dartmouth commencement speech

Mindy Kaling wouldn’t change a thing about her life with her daughter, Katherine!

The 38-year-old Oceans 8 star gave the commencement address at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, over the weekend, where she touched on her own personal experiences to help inspire the graduates.

Sharing her own post-graduate checklist of goals, Kaling noted that she only accomplished one of the achievements – have kids.

“After my daughter was born in December, I remember bringing her home, and being in my house with her for the first time and thinking, ‘Huh, according to movies and TV, this is traditionally the time when my mother and spouse are supposed to be here, sharing this experience with me,’” she recalled. “And I looked around and I had neither, and for a moment it was kind of scary, like, ‘Can I do this by myself?’ But then that feeling went away because the reality is, I’m not doing it by myself. I’m surrounded by family and friends who love and support me.”

Kaling went on to explain, “The joy that I feel from being with my daughter Katherine eclipses anything from any crazy check list. So I just want to tell you guys, don’t be sacred if you don’t do things in the right order or if you don’t do some things at all.”

The Mindy Project alum got extremely candid, saying, “I didn’t think I’d have a child before I got married, but hey, it turned out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing,” before quipping, “I didn’t think I’d have dessert before breakfast today, but hey, it turned out that way and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

In addition to getting personal, Kaling doled out advice to both guys and girls in the audience. For the men, she touched on the topic of the #MeToo Movement, saying, “When you go on dates, act as if every woman you’re talking to is a reporter for an online publication that you are scared of. One shouldn’t need the threat of public exposure and scorn to treat women well, but if that’s what it’s going to take, fine. Date like everyone’s watching, because we are.”

And for the women in the audience, she encouraged them to treat each other with kindness.

“Hey girls, we need to do a better job of supporting each other. I know that I am guilty of it too. We live in a world where it seems like there’s only room for one of us at the table,” she said. “Wouldn’t it be better if we worked together to dismantle a system that makes us feel like there’s limited room for us? When women work together we can accomplish anything, even stealing the world’s most expensive diamond necklace from the Met Gala, like in Ocean’s 8, a movie starring me, which opens in theaters June 8!”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling attends Premiere Of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' - Arrivals on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' held at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Mindy Kaling (L) and B. J. Novak at the world premiere of Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood CA, March 26, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling attend the premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Mindy Kaling participates in the press conference for Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' in Hollywood, CA on March 25, 2018 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, actresses Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid and Reese Witherspoon visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California.� The stars of Disneys upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' gathered together in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park.� 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018.�(Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo byTodd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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