Actor John Lithgow is to become the first non-dignitary to deliver a commencement speech at HARVARD UNIVERSITY for more than 20 years.

The former THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN star, who is a Harvard graduate, will be the first professional artist asked to be Harvard's main commencement speaker since novelist Carlos Fuentes in 1983 when he welcomes students at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, university on 9 June (05).

He says, "Harvard's commencement platform is a very different kind of stage for me, but one I am very excited and honoured to have the privilege to speak from."

Harvard's last two commencement speakers were UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Mexican President ERNESTO ZEDILLO.

12/04/2005 21:19