Thursday, November 19, 2009

Arts Reporting: UT Alumna Oscar Winner Marcia Gay Hardin for May 2010 Commencement

Received directly:

Actress Marcia Gay Harden Is Commencement Speaker For The University of Texas at Austin's May Ceremony

Marcia Gay Harden, the first University of Texas at Austin graduate to receive an Oscar, will be the speaker for the 127th Spring Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 22, 2010.

Her speech will be presented on the university's Main Mall in front of the Tower during a festive ceremony that traditionally draws thousands of students, their parents and guests to the campus.

"I'm thrilled and honored to speak to these bright young minds, ready to go out and improve our world," said Harden. "They are the new philosophers, scientists, artists and economists, and it will be exciting to watch them discover their gifts."

Harden received her bachelor of arts degree in theatre from The University of Texas at Austin and her master of fine arts degree from the graduate acting program at New York University. She lives in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City with her husband and three children.

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