No, Jay Leno isn’t returning to oversee another late-night program.
But the former Tonight Show host will find himself in front of a captive audience nevertheless when he heads to his alma mater, Emerson College, to deliver the undergraduate commencement address next month.
Leno, who graduated from the school in 1973, will speak to about 900 students during the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on May 11 at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
The 63-year-old comedian will also receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, along with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition; Don Lemon, anchor of CNN Newsroom; and Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Leno, of course, signed off as host of The Tonight Show in February to make way for Jimmy Fallon.
His last episode brought in 14.6 million, the show’s biggest audience since the night Seinfeld ended in May 1998.
Billy Crystal, who was Leno’s first Tonight Show guest, was also one of his last.
by Peter Gicas