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Ken Burns speaking to Washington University graduates

Ken Burns

By: Joe Holleman

Famed TV documentarian Ken Burns has been selected to deliver the commencement address at Washington University.

The ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. May 15 in Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. During the ceremony, Burns will address approximately 2,800 members of the 2015 graduating class and receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree.

Burns is best known for his 1990 series about the Civil War, but he also has received critical acclaim for documentaries about a variety of other subjects, including baseball, jazz, Prohibition and, most recently, cancer.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said Burns “has helped all who have viewed his groundbreaking films to understand the breadth and depth of American history.”

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