×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Steven Spielberg to Deliver Harvard Commencement Speech

Steven Spielberg will deliver the Harvard University commencement speech for this year’s graduating class on May 26.

Spielberg is giving the 365th commencement speech in the history of the college, the oldest in the United States.

Steven Spielberg is a genre-defying filmmaker whose unparalleled creativity has fueled countless imaginations,” said Harvard president Drew Faust. “An extraordinary storyteller, he has given voice to the silenced and brought history to life. 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.”

Aside from being a three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg has devoted a lot of time and energy to philanthropy. He established the Righteous Persons Foundation using all his profits from the film “Schindler’s List,” and founded the Shoah Visual History Foundation — now USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, which has recorded more than 53,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

“Through both his art and his activism, Steven Spielberg has shared with millions his deeply humanistic view of the world,” said Paul L. Choi, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Harvard alumni, students and faculty will be excited at this opportunity to hear from the person behind the works that have entertained and inspired them for decades.”

More Film

  • The Top 10 Portrayals of Record

    The Dirt on Rock's Great Enablers: 10 Memorable Screen Portrayals of Record Execs

    In the Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame portrays A&R exec Tom Zutaut, the man who signed Motley Crue to Elektra and Guns N’ Roses to Geffen, while veteran character actor David Costabile (“The Wire,” “Billions”) is manager Doc McGhee. They follow in a long and illustrious line of label [...]

  • Korea Box Office: "Money" Wins Debut

    Korea Box Office: 'Money' Defeats 'Captain Marvel'

    Korean crime drama “Money” debuted on top of the South Korean box office, preventing “Captain Marvel” from topping the chart for three consecutive weekends. It is the story of a young stockbroker who dreams of riches but becomes caught in a stock market scam. Opening on Wednesday, the Showbox release earned $12.0 million from 1.54 [...]

  • Us Movie

    'Us' Cements the Box Office Power of Jordan Peele

    Given the breakout success of “Get Out,” it’s no surprise audiences were salivating to see the next nightmare from the mind of writer-director Jordan Peele. “Get Out,” which landed a screenwriting Oscar for Peele, became one of the most profitable movies of 2017 (grossing $255 million globally on a $4.5 million budget) after the horror [...]

  • Box Office Film Placeholder

    China Box Office: Taiwan's 'More Than Blue' Wins Second Weekend

    Taiwanese melodrama, “More Than Blue” held strong at the Chinese box office, to secure a second week of success. The film is a Chinese-language remake of a Korean film from 2009, involving Singapore’s MM2 and the filmmaking arm of Fox Networks. With little in the way of strong, new competition, “blue” scored $27 million, according [...]

  • Noah CentineoNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Show,

    Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: JoJo Siwa, Noah Centineo Take on Bullying

    This year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards was full of positivity and encouragement to be yourself. DJ Khaled, known for his upbeat mantras, hosted the 32nd annual awards ceremony alongside JoJo Siwa at USC’s Galen center. Siwa accepted the award for favorite social music star. Siwa said in her acceptance speech, “I get hated on every [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content