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Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton to speak at Kent State University

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 13:36:12-05

Michael Keaton made it to the big screen and soon he will be on stage addressing thousands of graduates.

The Oscar-nominated winner, best known for his roles as the Caped Crusader in "Batman" and "Batman Returns", will return to the campus as the commencement speaker at Kent State University on May 12, where his speech will aim to inspire students heading out into the real world.

“This is a rare opportunity for our students to hear from someone who has walked in their shoes and now has risen to the top of his field," said Kent State President Beverly Warren.

Keaton is no stranger to Kent State. In 1971, he enrolled at the university to major in journalism and speech. His focus shifted to acting and he found himself appearing in popular shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour."

His lead performance in "Birdman" earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a musical or comedy.

Keaton is looking forward to coming back to the campus after more than 30 years.

“It’s truly an honor for me, and I hope by taking part I can inspire others to pursue their dreams," he said in a news release.