Actor and UCLA alumnus James Franco will not speak, as previously scheduled, at the UCLA College of Letters and Science commencement ceremony on June 12 at Pauley Pavilion, campus officials announced.
"I deeply regret not being able to keep my commitment to giving the commencement speech at UCLA's graduation this year," Franco said in a prepared statement provided to UCLA. "Unfortunately the date conflicts with me needing to be on location to begin pre-production on my next film. I wish everyone in the 2009 class the best of luck in all of their future endeavors."
College of Letters and Science officials are reaching out to alternate speakers based on recommendations from a selection committee, and an announcement will be made when one is confirmed. The ceremony is the primary commencement event for UCLA's graduating seniors.