Thursday, March 28, 2019

Oprah to deliver Colorado College commencement speech

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Shout it from the rooftops: Oprah Winfrey is coming to Colorado Springs.

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On May 19, the world-famous philanthropist and media mogul will deliver a commencement speech to Colorado College students on Tava Quad, the college announced March 28.

While ticketed seats are limited to the graduating seniors and their guests, the speech will be live-streamed on the college's website.

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"Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today," Colorado College's statement notes. "She also is a dedicated philanthropist. During a December 2002 visit with Nelson Mandela, she pledged to build a school in South Africa; today, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls provides an excellent education for 8th- to 12th-grade girls in South Africa. Winfrey has contributed more than $200 million toward providing education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds."

Winfrey is also an Academy-nominated actress, a founding donor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, the statement adds.

Winfrey will receive an honorary degree from Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler, along with Jairo Valverde Bermudez, a 1992 Colorado College graduate and the Costa Rican ambassador to Brazil; Martile Rowland, the founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies; and France Winddance Twine, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and professor of sociology and documentary filmmaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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