Will.i.am to make commencement speech for University of California graduates
Will.I.Am will deliver the commencement speech for the first graduating class of USC’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation. The ceremony is scheduled for May 11.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman is set to speak to the first group of students to receive a degree from that University, of which he is co-founder. The school was founded in 2013 with a $70 million visionary gift from entrepreneurs Iovine and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young.
In a statement, Erica Muhl, the dean and founding executive director of the USC program explained the reason the music mogul was chosen to speak at the school at the ceremony:
“will.i.am personifies the spirit of cross-disciplinary innovation and creativity, which is the essence of the academy. His drive to transform our world through his art, his support of groundbreaking technologies and his philanthropic pursuits make him qualified to guide our first graduating class as they begin their own, individual, creative journeys,” she said.