Tom Hanks to Speak at Yale

Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 1:53 PM EDT
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Tom Hanks to Speak at Yale

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Actor Tom Hanks will be the Class Day speaker at Yale May 22.

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Yale is tapping Hollywood's A-List for a speaker at the university's annual Class Day.

Actor Tom Hanks will address graduates May 22, the day before commencement. Yale traditionally has graduation speakers during Class Day and not at the actual graduation.

Hanks, a two time Oscar winner for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump", has also starred in such hits as "Saving Private Ryan", "Apollo 13" and "Toy Story". He was invited by students to be the Class Day speaker and accepted, according to Yale spokesperson Tom Conroy.

Former President Bill Clinton was the speaker last year.

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