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Actor Val Kilmer to speak at William Woods graduation

Actor Val Kilmer to speak at William Woods graduation

March 25th, 2012 in News

"I'm your huckelberry."

It's not likely actor Val Kilmer used his famous line as Doc Holiday in the movie "Tombstone" when William Woods University President Jahnae Barnett's husband asked him to serve as graduation speaker this year, but it did involve a yes.

"My husband and I have a home in Santa Fe, and Val Kilmer does as well, and my husband and Val have become friends," Barnett said. "Somewhere along the way I got Eddie to ask Val if he would speak at our graduation, and we're thrilled to say, he said yes."

Kilmer, a prolific actor who made his mark in films such as "Willow," "The Doors," "The Saint" and "Top Gun" will address William Woods seniors during their May 5 commencement ceremony - and the news already has created a great buzz on campus.

"I think the fun is just beginning," Barnett said, laughing that she already has been approached by a number of students and staff wanting to know about their impending celebrity visit. "I'm going to do my best to make sure as many people as I can get to meet with him informally."