Alumna Glenn Close addresses William & Mary graduates

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va (WAVY) — Award-winning actress Glenn Close served as William & Mary’s Commencement speaker on Saturday.

Close, a three time Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, graduated from university in 1974. She double majoring in theater and anthropology, and credits her time at William & Mary into sparking her theater career.

The event, which included 1,438 undergraduates and 764 graduate students, concludes William & Mary’s yearlong commemoration of 100 years of coeducation.

Read Close’s full prepared remarks here

Close also received an honorary fellowship and is only the third person in the university’s history to obtain the honor.

Philanthropist Jane Batten, opera singer Denyce Graves and women’s rights attorney Sybil Shainwald received honorary degrees at the ceremony. 

“Glenn, for your talent, passion, fearlessness and hunger for knowledge, William & Mary is honored to count you among its most esteemed alumni,” said Katherine A. Rowe, who presided over her first commencement as president of the university.

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