The University of Toledo Commencement

2019 Spring Commencement Speaker

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HolmesKatie Holmes, an internationally recognized actress, producer and director, will return to her hometown to inspire The University of Toledo graduates at the spring commencement ceremony.

The Toledo-born actress who has appeared in more than 30 films and television programs will be the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Glass Bowl. She will receive an honorary degree of humane letters.

Holmes made her feature film debut in "The Ice Storm" in 1997, and her breakout role came a year later as Joey Potter in the television series "Dawson's Creek," which she portrayed for six years.

Her film credits include "Go," "Wonder Boys," "Batman Begins" and "All We Had," which is one of several projects in which she served as director and producer. In addition, her Broadway experience includes appearing in "All My Sons" and "Dead Accounts."

Holmes managed and designed the fashion line Holmes & Yang, with her partner Jeanne Yang from 2009 to 2014, and is the co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation that supports dance education in the United States. Holmes is a graduate of Toledo's Notre Dame Academy. Her father, Martin Holmes Sr., and brother, Martin Holmes Jr., are graduates of the UT College of Law.

Holmes will speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m. 

Last Updated: 3/6/19