America's most prestigious university (arguably) will be welcome one of the most accomplished and well-known stars in entertainment to speak to its graduating class.
Oprah Winfrey will be addressing Harvard's 362nd graduating class during their commencement ceremony this May. Winfrey, who now serves as the figurehead and main talent on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), will talk to nearly 32,000 degree candidates, family members, faculty members, alumni and guests at the ceremony, which will be held May 30 at the outdoor Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard during the afternoon exercises of commencement.
“Oprah’s journey from her grandmother’s Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world’s most admired women is one of the great American success stories,” said Harvard president Drew G. Faust. “She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others.”
Winfrey is not the first well-known figure to handle this duty, as other stars who have given the commencement addresses include Al Gore, Bill Gates, Benazir Bhutto and J.K. Rowling, to name a few. This will also not be Winfrey's first commencement address, as she has spoken at Duke and Stanford before, as well as Spelman College in Atlanta.
In the past, the speech has streamed online.