Stephen Colbert to Deliver Wake Forest Commencement Address

Stephen Colbert

The incoming 'Late Show' host will speak to graduating students May 18.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Comedian Stephen Colbert is taking a break from shaping his upcoming late-night talk show to deliver Wake Forest University's commencement address.

The private Winston-Salem university said Tuesday that Colbert will offer graduating students his thoughts on facing their futures on May 18.

Colbert gave commencement speeches at the University of Virginia in 2013 and at his alma mater, Northwestern University, in 2011. Wake Forest students last year heard from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson a week after her dismissal.

Colbert wrapped up nine years of hosting Comedy Central's The Colbert Report in December. He's taking over the Late Show on CBS from the retiring David Letterman in September.

Wake Forest's commencement is reserved for graduates and guests, but the school plans to webcast the ceremony live.