- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Musician, actor and “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. returns to his hometown in May to deliver the spring commencement address at Loyola University New Orleans.

Spring commencement ceremonies at Loyola are set for Saturday morning, May 21. Connick also will receive an honorary degree from the Jesuit-run university.

A Loyola news release Monday announcing commencement plans notes that Connick studied music briefly at Loyola before heading to New York to pursue his career. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.

Others receiving honorary degrees at the spring ceremonies are New Orleans education advocate Phyllis Landrieu, business leader Alden McDonald and philanthropist Elizabeth Nalty.

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