NEW HAVEN, CT (CBS) – Oscar-winning actor and Concord native, Tom Hanks will speak to Yale University graduates at the annual class day ceremony on May 22nd.

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The class day speech is an important tradition at Yale, where there are no guest speeches at graduation.

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Yale spokesman Tom Conroy confirmed that the class had invited Hanks, who won back-to-back Oscars for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump,” and that the 54-year-old actor had accepted.

Former President Bill Clinton was the speaker last year. Other speakers have included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, author Christopher Buckley, and journalist Anderson Cooper.

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