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Kerry Washington to speak at George Washington University commencement

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One of the hottest stars on television is coming home to Washington to speak at her alma mater's commencement.

Kerry Washington graduated from George Washington University in 1998. Photo: ABC

George Washington University officials announced Monday that Kerry Washington, the 1998 alumna who now stars as Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal, will deliver the address at the school's annual graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on the National Mall on May 19. It will be broadcast live on ABC7.

“She has captured the imagination of our students, and they will benefit greatly, as they head out into the world, from hearing her perspective both as an alumna and as a highly successful actor on stage, in film and on television," George Washington President Steven Knapp said in a statement.

Pope honed her craft on the Foggy Bottom campus in the mid-1990s, earning roles in plays and performances in every semester of her college career.

"Even when she was a freshman, she was very serious in rehearsal hall," George Washington Professor Leslie Jacobson told ABC7's Jummy Olabanji last month. "She had a lot of ability and tremendous self-discipline."

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