– Noted actor, artist and filmmaker James Franco will deliver keynote remarks at
The University of Texas at Arlington’s spectacular Graduation Celebration on
May 11 at the Levitt Pavilion.
annual bash features music, food and a fireworks extravaganza and begins at 7:30 p.m. at 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. The formal program begins at 8 p.m. The event is open to the
speakers include UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Melissa Sepulveda
Tran, a nursing graduate student who will represent the Class of 2012.
are not required to attend Graduation
Celebration, but all students who are
graduating will have seating. Information will be sent to graduating students
via their UT Arlington email account in mid-April.
an Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winner, is best known for his role as Harry
Osborn in the globally popular Spider-Man
trilogy. He also is known for his appreciation of the college experience.
returned to UCLA in the fall of 2006, at age 28, cramming as many courses as he
could into each quarter. He was awarded with a bachelor’s degree in English,
with a creative writing concentration in 2008, at which point he headed for New
York and enrolled in three schools: Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing
program; Brooklyn College for creative writing; and New York University’s Tisch
School of the Arts for directing.
scholarly quest was the subject of a Washington Post article, “James Franco’s
unusual education,” which noted that the actor earned a master’s degree from
Columbia and then moved on to Yale, to study for a doctorate in English.
love school,” he told People
magazine in May 2010. “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.”
love for acting has allowed him to appear in many films and in television
series. His starring roles include the TNT biopic James Dean, Howl, and 127 Hours, as well as supporting roles
in Milk and Eat Pray Love. On the small screen, he appeared in Freaks and Geeks and General Hospital.
writing and directing credits include The
Broken Tower, a biography of poet Hart Crane, and Sal, which chronicles the final hours of the life of legendary
actor Sal Mineo, as well as the recently completed Child of God based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. For The Broken Tower, he also served as producer
also is a painter. He began publicly displaying some of his artwork at the Glu Factory and Lacy Galleries in Los Angeles in 2006.
case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to UT Arlington’s College Park Center,
601 S. Pecan St.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly
33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.