Rashida Jones Will Be Harvard’s Class Day Speaker
Rashida Jones is heading back to her old stomping grounds, as the Harvard alumna has been announced as the 2016 Class Day speaker.
Jones, who began her acting career after graduating from the university in 1997, will speak during the annual celebration on Wednesday, May 25. The event will take place the day before commencement, which will feature director Steven Spielberg as the main speaker.
“I am truly honored to come back to campus and speak at Class Day 2016,” Jones said in a statement. “Harvard was such a transformative place for me in so many ways.”
She jokingly added, “It’s where I first had the idea for Facebook, which went on to make me billions of dollars and change the world. Oh, wait, that wasn’t me…”
The Parks and Recreation and Angie Tribeca star also tweeted out her appreciation for the honor while asking her fans if she’s too old to party like a college kid.
I am so honored to be Harvard’s 2016 Class Day speaker!!
Can’t wait to come back. Am I too old for a kegger? https://t.co/IcgjUadW1B
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) April 2, 2016
Harvard has been inviting guests to speak at Class Day since 1968. Jones’ father Quincy was the speaker for her graduation in 1997.
Other notable former speakers include Coretta Scott King, Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, Mother Teresa, Bono, Conan O’Brien, Seth MacFarlane, and Amy Poehler.
“As a Harvard College alumna, Jones knows what it is like to balance commitments — whether it was her involvement with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the Signet Society, or the Black Students Association — with academics and the many other facets of college life,” Gabriela Ruiz-Colon, Class Marshal and co-chair of the speaker selection committee, said in a statement. “She has taken this experience and shown an extraordinary ability to use her celebrity platform to make the world a better place.”
Jones’ Class Day speech will be streamed live at harvard.edu/livestream.