KENT, Ohio – Actor Michael Keaton and is scheduled to be the commencement address at Ohio’s Kent State University.
Keaton enrolled at Kent State in 1971, with the intent to major in journalism and speech. He left school to pursue acting, landing appearances on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Maude” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” His series of successful films includes ” Batman,” “Birdman” and “Spotlight.”
Keaton spoke at Kent State in 1985 and said that he would like to come back.
The Kent State President Beverly Warren says that Keaton speak at the May 12 ceremony, is a “unique opportunity” for graduates to hear from “someone who has walked in their shoes, and now has risen to the top of his field.”
The school will pay Keaton $100,000, the same paid actress Octavia Spencer last year.