LOS ANGELES, June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- George H. Takei, the highly accomplished actor and charismatic champion for the arts, community engagement and social justice, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during Cal State LA's 69th Commencement. He will also deliver the keynote address.
WHO: Takei was born and spent part of his childhood in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood near Cal State LA. Best known for playing the character Mr. Sulu on the original, award-winning television series Star Trek, Takei's onscreen work in film and theatre has spanned more than five decades. He has also dedicated much of his life to civil rights and social justice.
WHEN: Friday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WHERE: University Athletic Stadium at the Billie Jean King Sports Complex at Cal State LA. Parking for the media is available in Lot 4 near the Administration building. Proceed to Gate F by the stadium (side entrance near the baseball field) and check in at the media booth. You will be escorted to a media viewing area. Click on the following link for a campus map.
VISUALS: The event will provide the following visuals:
- Takei, decked out in cap, gown receiving his honorary degree and hood from University President William A. Covino.
- Takei speaking from a stage that will be emblazoned with colorful University banners, as thousands of students and their guests listen inside the packed stadium.
Note: Takei will speak to reporters after the Commencement ceremony.
MORE: Takei has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-star roles to his credit. He boasts more than 9.7 million fans on Facebook, and he has often used the platform to advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. As a child, he and his family were shipped to two internment camps during World War II. He spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer, in the swamps of Arkansas, and Camp Tule Lake in northern California. After returning to Los Angeles, Takei earned a BA and MA in theater from UCLA.
A former board member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, Takei helped establish the Arts in Transit program that led to each Los Angeles Metro station having its own distinctive artwork. President Bill Clinton appointed Takei to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. In honor of his efforts to improve relationships between the U.S. and Japan, Takei received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from Emperor Akihito.
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SOURCE California State University, Los Angeles