Hank Azaria Is Tufts University’s 2016 Commencement Speaker
Local universities are bringing a slew of stars to town for this year’s graduation season.
Harvard University recently announced that Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg will be this year’s commencement speaker, while MIT is bringing Will Hunting—we mean Matt Damon—to town for its commencement ceremony. Secretary of State John Kerry will also be heading to the Hub to speak at Northeastern University.
You can now add Hank Azaria to the list as The Simpsons star will be returning to his alma mater to speak at Tufts University’s commencement ceremony this spring. For his efforts, Azaria will take home an honorary doctor of humane letters at the event.
“Hank Azaria is truly a one-of-a-kind talent whose creativity has given pleasure to millions and demonstrated the power of the dramatic arts in our lives. We are proud to call him a Jumbo,” Tufts president Anthony Monaco said in a statement.
As a student at Tufts, Azaria performed in several of the university’s theatrical productions, even working alongside The Office star Rainn Wilson from time to time before earning a degree in drama in 1987. In 1999, Azaria was awarded Tufts’ Light on the Hill Award, the university’s most prestigious honor given by students to alumni.
Joining the actor at this year’s commencement will be Janet Echelman, the artist behind the aerial sculptures that were featured over the Greenway, as well as physician H. Jack Geiger, entrepreneur Martin Granoff, Margot Stern Strom, and Sesame Street star Sonia Manzano. They will each be receiving honorary degrees at the event on May 22.