Oprah Winfrey has agreed to speak at Howard University's commencement, the school's president announced.
The prestigious historically black university is ''blessed'' to have the talk show host for the May 12 ceremonies, Howard President H. Patrick Swygert said Monday. Winfrey will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree.
''When one thinks about the criteria for a great commencement speaker, there are a few things that come to mind: engaging, inspiring, charismatic and a champion of change,'' Swygert said. ''Our commencement speaker this year is certainly all that and much more."