Steven Spielberg Picked to Give Harvard Commencement Address 

Steven Spielberg poses for photographers Thursday March 7, 2002 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Speilberg was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the ShoWest Gala. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been chosen to give Harvard’s 2016 commencement speech.

The three-time Academy Award winner is scheduled to address students May 26 at the Ivy League campus.

Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement Thursday that Spielberg’s creativity has fueled countless imaginations and that his films underscore what it is to be human.

Spielberg has won Oscars for best picture and best director for “Schindler’s List,” and best director for “Saving Private Ryan.”

In 2002, he earned a degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he had attended in the 1960s but dropped out.

Spielberg follows others from Hollywood picked to give marquee commencement addresses this year. Actor Matt Damon is scheduled to speak June 3 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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