DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Oprah Winfrey has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony at Agnes Scott College in suburban Atlanta.

Officials at the private liberal arts school announced Monday that Winfrey will receive an honorary degree during the May 13 ceremony. Winfrey hosted the popular talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for 25 years, she runs her own cable network, OWN, and is the founder of "O, The Oprah Magazine."

“We are educating our students to become global change agents who have the courage, compassion and commitment to make a difference in the world. Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal model of leading a purpose-driven life with her impressive legacy of leadership, philanthropy and service," said President of Agnes Scott College Elizabeth Kiss. "We are honored and thrilled to welcome her to our college to share an inspiring and empowering message with our 2017 graduates.” 



Winfrey earned an Academy-Award nomination for her role in "The Color Purple." She appeared in a number of other films including HBO's upcoming film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Posse Foundation founder Deborah Bial will also receive an honorary degree at the commencement and offer remarks to the graduating class. Tickets are required to get into the ceremony.

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