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Tom Hanks Yale Class Day Speaker

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Tom Hanks (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks is scheduled to address Yale University’s graduating seniors at this year’s Class Day.

Class Day is scheduled for May 22, the day before Yale’s 310th commencement.
Festivities include awarding academic prizes, reciting Yale’s Ivy Ode, planting a traditional slip of ivy to commemorate the class and singing “Bright College Years” while waving a white handkerchief.

Hanks’ visit is part of a Yale tradition in which graduation speakers typically don’t speak at commencement, but instead address Class Day celebrations.

Hanks has won Academy Awards for performances in the movies “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump,” and also starred in “Apollo 13” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Former President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been among recent Class Day speakers.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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