Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been chosen to deliver the Harvard University commencement speech for this year’s graduating class on May 26.
The 69-year-old Oscar-winning director is giving the 365th commencement speech in the history of the college, the oldest in the United States, reported Entertainment Weekly.
“Steven Spielberg is a genre-defying filmmaker whose unparalleled creativity has fuelled countless imaginations. An extraordinary storyteller, he has given voice to the silenced and brought history to life.
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“Through his art, Mr Spielberg has challenged us to dream and to see the world anew, and I am very much looking forward to welcoming him back to Harvard and to honouring him during our 365th commencement exercises,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement.
A video paying tribute to several of Spielberg’s films was also created by the university to accompany the announcement.
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Natalie Portman delivers the Harvard commencement speech in 2015
JK Rowling delivers the Harvard commencement speech in 2008
Elon Musk at Caltech in 2012
Conan O’Brien in Dartmouth in 2011
John Green at Butler University in 2013
Robert De Niro at the Tisch School in 2015
President Barack Obama at the University of Michigan in 2010
Aaron Sorkin at Syracuse University in 2012
Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G at Harvard in 2004
And finally.. Steve Jobs’ memorable address at Stanford University in 2005
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