Tom Hanks To Speak at Yale University Class Day

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Tom Hanks will be the Yale University‘s Class Day speaker for 2011 scheduled on May 22, Yale Daily News reported. According to a commitee from the Senior Class Council, Hanks was chosen because of his ability to engage an audience. He is also someone other than a politician or a social activist. Yale spokesman Tom Conroy confirmed that Hanks accepted the invitation of the students.

Yale University students’ reactions were varied. Some students are “expecting a particularly eloquent and funny speech.”

“I’m excited that it’s not a politician because it will be less polarizing and very fun. I think it will be funny and upbeat and pretty inspiring,” Hilary Faxon was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, Ben Lash was reported to be slightly disappointed with the selection of Hanks. Despite his dismay, he said that he does not have a strong feeling about the selection saying that Hanks might “say the same things graduation speakers always say.”

“I think the University recognizes that Yalies have diverse interests, and Class Day is about recognizing talents that people have. Nobody really embodies that more to us than Tom Hanks,” Class Secretary Cathy Lew was quoted saying by Yale Daily News.

The Class Day speaker is a tradition of Yale University in which graduation speakers do not typically speak during commencements. Instead, the major speech to seniors is given the previous day during the Class Day festivities.

Last year’s speaker was former US President Bill Clinton.

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