Oprah Winfrey, one of the wealthiest women in television, will address graduates at Skidmore College commencement on Saturday, May 20.
Oprah is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. As Chairman and CEO, she is guiding her self-named cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine; and oversees Harpo Films.
Winfrey is also one of the most active philanthropists in the world, having donated more than $20 million to the creation of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has contributed more than $100 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, to provide education to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Skidmore will recognize Oprah Winfrey’s distinguished career in television and media and recognize her vision, leadership and commitment to education through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in South Africa. In addition to accepting an honorary degree, Winfrey will address the class in support of one of her OWLAG graduates, who will receive a Skidmore degree.
Skidmore is a liberal-arts college with enrollment of 2,500 students. It is located in Saratoga, NY, which is 30 miles north of Albany.