Octavia Spencer to Speak at Kent State Commencement

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Octavia Spencer

The ceremony will take place May 13.

Kent State University's first universitywide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood when Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school.

Spencer recently starred as mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the drama Hidden Figures. The film tells the true story of several female African-American mathematicians at NASA who were key to the 1960s-era space race between the United States and Russia.

Spencer says it's an honor to share her personal story at Kent State.

She says she hopes her message "inspires others to dream big, never give up and pursue their passion, despite the obstacles that might get in the way."

The May 13 ceremony will be the first in which all graduates from the eight-campus system are honored in one place.

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