Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s 2017 Commencement at 9 a.m., May 20, in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. She will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.
Mirren, one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile actresses, has starred in roles ranging from real-life heroine Maria Altman in “Woman in Gold” to the voice of Dean Hardscrabble in “Monsters University.”
Mirren’s breakout film came in 1980 with “The Long Good Friday.” She won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen.” Mirren also portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the London and New York stage productions of “The Audience,” a role for which she received England’s highest theater honor, the Olivier, as well as a Tony.
“We are thrilled to have one the most-acclaimed and beloved actresses of all time share her wisdom and wit with our graduates,” Tulane University President Mike Fitts said. “We have had presidents, authors, comedians and even the Dalai Lama as commencement speakers, but never the Queen.”
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