Ryan Seacrest to address graduates at University of Georgia

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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Ryan Seacrest is returning to the University of Georgia, where he attended freshman classes 24 years ago, to receive an honorary doctoral degree.

The "American Idol" host and Georgia native is scheduled to be the featured graduation speaker Friday during UGA's spring commencement ceremony in Athens. Seacrest will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports Seacrest, who grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, attended the university for just one year in 1992 before he moved to Hollywood to pursue a broadcasting career.

UGA officials say a total of 5,552 students are eligible to graduate Friday night at Sanford Stadium. The university plans to recognize 36 students for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com