Steven Spielberg, who has been to Harvard University many times to speak, will give the commencement speech on May 26th to graduates there. The Oscar-winning filmmaker spoke at the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass in 2014 with humanities professor Homi Bhaabha and in 2013 was award the W.E.B. Du Bois medal for his contributions to African American culture. In fact, in 1983, the school gave him the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.
“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 honoring him during our 365th Commencement exercises,” University president Drew Faust said in a press release today.
Spielberg’s selection, according to the Harvard Crimson, is a departure from other speakers in that they have been from the political world, including former New York City mayor and Everytown for Gun Safety founder Michael Bloomberg, who spoke last year.