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Oprah winfrey has reportedly been picked to give Harvard’s Class of 2013 commencement address.
The Harvard Gazette announced the news on Monday, confirming that she will be the principal speaker at the university’s 362nd 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,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement. “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.”
According to The Huffington Post, Winfrey is a veteran commencement speaker. She spoke to Stanford University graduates in 2008 when her goddaughter graduated with Gayle King’s daughter, Kirby Bumpus.
Winfrey also interviewed Lady Gaga at Harvard in February 2012 for the The Born This Way Foundation launch.
Winfrey is best known for her talk show but has gone on to create her own network, OWN, which airs her Oprah’s Next Chapter series. Her most recent headline-grabbing interview was with Lance Armstrong, who admitted to doping.
“Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to people around the world who care about opening minds and serving the common good,” Carl F. Muller, president of the Harvard Alumni Association, added. “I know our alumni will value the opportunity to hear from her in May.”
Harvard’s commencement is scheduled for May 30.