Oprah Winfrey’s breakneck pandemic schedule has a new entry: Delivering the commencement address on behalf of Archer School for Girls at the L.A. private school’s May 28 ceremony.
Winfrey, who has navigated the pandemic by churning out a series of A-list interviews, managing a portfolio of production deals and content while also readying a new book, is appearing at a milestone moment for Archer as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary. Per a rep for the school, the Archer commencement event will be hybrid with seniors and a limited number of guests welcomed to the Brentwood campus while others will join online.
Archer head of school Elizabeth English said the institution is “deeply honored” by Winfrey’s generosity in speaking to the class of 2021.
“Throughout her career, Ms. Winfrey has set the bar for how authentic storytelling can reveal our common humanity. Her gift for eliciting honest, soulful dialogue has and continues to fundamentally change the world’s perspective on how as human beings we can meaningfully connect. She is a champion for young women’s education and, as the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a beacon for the best of who we can be,” said English. “The Archer Class of 2021 is beyond excited and grateful to have Ms. Winfrey, a true icon of women’s empowerment, as their commencement speaker, following a year that has called on each of our graduates to dig deep and find that same strength from within.”
Winfrey has plenty of experience speaking to all-girls schools as the mogul operates the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a boarding school in South Africa. She’s also delivered commencement speeches on behalf of Harvard University, Spelman College, Stanford University and others. Last year, she participated with a long list of celebrities to offer words of wisdom to the graduating class of 2020 as events across the country were sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1995, the Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls’ school, grades 6 through 12. Forty-six percent of the student body are students of color and come from 75 different zip codes and 154 different feeder schools, per Archer statistics.