Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker spoke before
Miami University graduates on Saturday as commencement speaker at Yager Stadium.
Whitaker - who also has made a name for himself behind the camera as a
director and producer - won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his
performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film, "The Last King
He received an honorary doctorate degree from Miami during the commencement ceremonies. Karen Dawisha, Miami University's Walter E. Havighurst
Professor of Political Science, received Miami 's prestigious Benjamin Harrison Medallion.
"As an actor and a humanitarian, Forest Whitaker reflects the
energy and the values that define Miami. We are excited to have him share
his experience and vision with our graduating class," Miami President
David Hodge said.
The humanitarian has worked to raise awareness about youth and
violence, particularly the plight of child soldiers through his work with
"Hope North Uganda," an organization that offers safe haven for
refugees, orphans and former child soldiers.