Amy Poehler of the NBC show "Parks and Recreation" has been named the speaker at Harvard University's Senior Class Day and will address the class of 2011 on May 25, a day before the students graduate.
Poehler, 39, is a native of Massachusetts, where the university is located, but graduated from Boston College in 1993 with a degree in theater and communications.
The actress is also a "Saturday Night Live" alum and has appeared in movies such as "Mean Girls" and "Baby Mama" with Tina Fey, who also used to write and appear on the NBC sketch comedy series regularly.
Poehler was chosen because students wanted someone "people would recognize, who could give a funny and engaging speech" and who was "in our collective consciousness," Senior Class Marshal Toby Stein told the Harvard Gazette, the university's official newspaper.
"The speakers in the past two years have been serious newscasters," he added. "Amy did 'Weekend Update' on 'SNL,' so she's a different kind of newscaster. We're hoping that experience will put a different spin on current events, and give seniors a look at the world we're living in from a different angle."
Previous speakers at the university's Senior Class Day include news personality Christiane Amanpour, "SNL" alums Will Ferrell and Al Franken, Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today" show, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter-ego Ali G, U2 frontman Bono, talk show host and Harvard University alum Conan O'Brien and Nobel Prize laureate Mother Teresa.