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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will be commencement speaker at University of Utah

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Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. Mitchell will be the keynote speaker at the University of Utah’s commencement on May 6, the university announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) Jim Mone Donovan Mitchell AP

Jim Mone, Associated Press

Besides his play on the basketball court, Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchellalso is known for being very well-spoken and for the importance he places on education.

Soon, Mitchell will be combining those latter two skills on a big stage, as he has been selected as the keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s general campus-wide commencement ceremony, which will be held virtually May 6.

“Donovan Mitchell is a favorite of basketball fans and our community because of his commitment to excellence, education and social justice,” outgoing university president Ruth Watkins said in a statement. “He shows by example what one person can do to influence the lives of countless others and how to step forward to advocate for change with grace and goodwill.”

Last year, Mitchell and his family announced they were donating $12 million to Greenwich Country Day School, where he attended from third to ninth grade and his mother taught preschool for many years. He will also be donating to the family of Jacob Blake, a man shot last year by police in Wisconsin, to help with the educations of Blake’s children, and Mitchell has donated to preschool teachers in Connecticut and New York.