Steven Spielberg Is Harvard’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

The university released a trailer teasing this year's ceremony.

Update Thursday, March 10 at 3:08 p.m.: It’s confirmed. Spielberg will be the speaker for Harvard’s 365th commencement ceremony.


A member of Hollywood royalty may be coming to Harvard for this year’s commencement ceremony.

The university released a short trailer on Thursday morning teasing the 2016 commencement speaker. Judging by the clip, it appears that Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg will be coming to Harvard for the May 26 ceremony.

While the university hasn’t made a formal announcement revealing this year’s speaker, the video includes a ton of clues all pointing to Spielberg.

For instance, viewers can see a Harvard glass filled with water that shakes on a table, a wink to the scene from Jurassic Park. There’s also a shot of the John Harvard statue wearing Indiana Jones’ iconic fedora, and there’s even a quick scene of a shark jumping out of a swimming pool.

If that wasn’t enough, Harvard tweeted, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat for #Harvard16 Commencement,” a reference to the classic line from Jaws.

Check out the full teaser below.