Oscar-winning actor addresses Miami graduates

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - 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 of Scotland."

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.

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