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Jay Leno announced as commencement speaker for his Boston alma mater, Emerson College

Jay Leno is returning to his alma mater, Emerson College, to deliver the commencement address this spring.

The small liberal arts college in Boston announced Tuesday the 1973 graduate will speak at the 134th commencement ceremony on May 11. NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" host Scott Simon will address the graduate students.

Leno hosted NBC's late-night talk show "The Tonight Show" for more than two decades before retiring in February. He was replaced by former "Saturday Night Live" star Jimmy Fallon.

The 63-year-old grew up in Andover and is known for his clean, observational humor and his caricature-like facial features, which he references in his 1996 autobiography, "Leading With My Chin."

The graduation will be streamed live at the Agganis Arena at Boston University.

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