TOLEDO (WTOL) - Toledo-native Katie Holmes is set to return home to give the spring commencement address to University of Toledo graduates.
The Notre Dame Academy alumna will speak at the undergraduate ceremony of 2,055 students on May 4, according to the university.
Holmes is most well-known for her role as Joey Potter in the TV series “Dawson’s Creek." She has also appeared in numerous other movies and has Broadway experience as well, along with her fashion line, Holmes & Yang.
Holmes has also appeared in supporting or starring roles in more than 30 films and television programs, including acclaimed performances as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in “The Kennedys” and “The Kennedys: After Camelot,” Hannah Green in “Wonder Boys,” and Rachel Dawson in “Batman Begins.”
She was also famously married to Tom Cruise for almost a decade.
The university says her father and brother are graduates of the UT college of law.
UT president Sharon Gaber will present Holmes with an honorary doctor of humane letters before the keynote address.
“The University of Toledo is pleased to welcome Katie Holmes as our commencement speaker to inspire our newest alumni as they celebrate receiving their degrees,” Gaber said. “As a Toledo native with close, personal connections to the University, we are eager for her to share her experiences and accomplishments in the entertainment industry and as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.”
Holmes will speak at 10 a.m. at the Glass Bowl.
Her speech can be viewed live on UT's website.