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Julie Andrews announced as spring commencement speaker

Dame Julie Andrews, known for her roles as Mary Poppins and Maria in “The Sound of Music,” will speak at the Spring 2013 commencement ceremony, Senior Class Council announced in their monthly newsletter Tuesday.

According to the council, Andrews will give graduating seniors “her insights, advice and congratulatory remarks” at the May 10 ceremony.

“She’s a very respected career woman, which is something that CU hasn’t seen in the past,” said Sosi Papazian, president of the Senior Class Council. “She has profound bits of wisdom and witty anecdotes as well. So what she has to say should be a unique bit of advice.”

Andrews is an advocate for education and the arts. She has done charity work as Ambassador for the United Nations for UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and founded the disaster relief organization Operation USA with her late husband, Blake Edwards.

She won multiple awards from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG and BAFTA Awards for her acting and singing career. Andrews was also recognized with a Kennedy Center Honor. In 2001, Queen Elizabeth invested Andrews as Dame Commander of the British Empire.

The council will host Commencement – Prep Night on March 14 for students who want to learn more about Andrews and her achievements. Announcements regarding commencement and other Senior events can also be seen on the Senior Class Council’s website and Facebook page.

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Avalon Jacka is a senior at the University of Colorado, studying News-editorial journalism and Russian studies. She loves music and hopes to incorporate it into her career someday. When she isn't doing homework, Jacka spends her time singing with the radio, analyzing television far too in-depth and hanging out with her friends. She has also been known to play Mortal Kombat on the PS2 and win. It is one of her greatest accomplishments to date. Contact CU Independent Entertainment Editor Avalon Jacka at

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