EDUCATION

Steven Spielberg to address grads at Harvard commencement

  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, filmmaker Steven Spielberg poses at the Museum of Natural History before the Ambassadors For Humanity Gala in New York. Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. The three-time Academy Award winner will address graduates at a ceremony Thursday afternoon, May 26, 2016.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, filmmaker Steven Spielberg poses at the Museum of Natural History before the Ambassadors For Humanity Gala in New York. Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University. The three-time Academy Award winner will address graduates at a ceremony Thursday afternoon, May 26, 2016. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, center, greets people while proceeding through Harvard Yard at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises on the school's campus, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech Thursday at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, center, greets people while proceeding through Harvard Yard at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises on the school's campus, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech Thursday at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Harvard President Drew Faust, center, receives applause while proceeding toward the podium at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Harvard President Drew Faust, center, receives applause while proceeding toward the podium at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University.

The three-time Academy Award winner will address graduates at a ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Harvard President Drew Faust has praised Spielberg as an extraordinary storyteller, adding that "through his art, Mr. Spielberg has challenged us to dream and to see the world anew."

Spielberg has won Oscars for best picture and best director for "Schindler's List," and best director for "Saving Private Ryan." One of his earliest hits, "Jaws," was filmed primarily on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

He earned a degree from California State University, Long Beach, in 2002, after dropping out from the school in the 1960s.

Harvard officials say Spielberg is not being paid for his appearance.