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James Franco to Headline UTA Graduation Ceremony

James FrancoAcademy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours) will headline the University of Texas at Arlington‘s 2012 Graduation Celebration at 7:30pm, May 11, at the Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Franco will make a keynote address at the annual party, which will also feature fireworks, music, and food. Other speakers include UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Melissa Sepulveda Tran, a nursing graduate student who will represent the Class of 2012.

In 2008, Franco received a bachelor’s degree in English, with a creative writing concentration, from UCLA. He subsequently enrolled in Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing program, Brooklyn College’s course for creative writing, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for directing. The the actor earned a master’s degree from Columbia and then moved on to Yale, to study for a doctorate in English.

“I love school,” he said in the May 2010 issue of People magazine.  “I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I’m interested in, and I’m having a great experience.”

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required to attend; all students who are graduating will have seating.

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