Brooke Shields to deliver class address at Princeton

Actress Brooke Shields visits FOX & Friends at FOX Studios on Feb. 2, 2011, in New York.
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Actress Brooke Shields visits FOX & Friends at FOX Studios on Feb. 2, 2011, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) Actress Brooke Shields is returning to school but not in the way you might  think.

The actress, a 1987 graduate of Princeton University, is scheduled to give the university's important and often whimsical class day address as part of graduation festivities.

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Shields, 45, was already a star of a number of films, including "Blue Lagoon" and "Endless Love," by the time she arrived at Princeton, where she graduated as a French major with honors.

Other class day speakers have included comedian Stephen Colbert, former President Bill Clinton and news anchor Katie Couric.

"We wanted to bring in someone from outside the political and news spheres -- in which many recent Class Day speakers have been involved -- and to have an alumna as our speaker is particularly exciting," Nikhil Basu Trivedi, a class day co-chair said. "Ms. Shields knows exactly what we have experienced over the past four years."

The speaker for the event was invited by the New Jersey school's class of 2011. She isn't the only speaker scheduled.New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to speak at the May 29 baccalaureate.

Princeton's commencement speaker is always the university president, except when the sitting U.S president agrees to give that address.