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Author, actor among WVU graduation speakers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With graduation less than a month away, the University released the list of commencement speakers who will impart their wisdom onto the next generation of West Virginia University alumni.

Each individual school and college’s commencement ceremony will feature its own speaker. Among these speakers are seven WVU graduates, all returning to their alma mater as examples of the success a WVU education can bring.

Some of the more well-known speakers include Stephen Coonts, a New York Times bestselling author. Coonts graduated from WVU in 1968 with a degree in political science before joining the Navy and eventually writing several books, which were partly based on his military experiences.

Coonts will be speaking at the combined commencement ceremony for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the University College May 11.

Actor Chris Sarandon will be speaking at the College of Creative Arts’ commencement ceremony May 10. Sarandon is best known for his role as Prince Humperdinck in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Like Coonts, Sarandon is a WVU graduate and a native of Beckley, W.Va.

Paul Kreider, dean of the College of Creative Arts, said Sarandon serves as an inspiration for students who are just starting off in their professional careers.

“Chris has acting experience that encompasses Broadway theater, television and films…

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