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Jenny Slate attends the premiere for the movie "Venom" in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 2018. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Jenny Slate attends the premiere for the movie "Venom" in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 2018. Slate plans to speak at this month's graduation for an elementary school in Massachusetts. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Actress Jenny Slate to address Massachusetts island graduating class of 1

CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass. — The single graduating student on a tiny Massachusetts island is nonetheless receiving the star treatment.

Actress and comedian Jenny Slate will speak at this month’s graduation ceremony for Cuttyhunk Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse on the island that has a year-round population of around 12.

Slate’s audience will be Gwen Lynch, this year’s lone graduate of the school that goes up to 8th grade, her family and other Cuttyhunk residents.

Michael Astrue, a summer resident who was in charge of finding a speaker, tells the Cape Cod Times that Slate is familiar with the island as a Massachusetts native.


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Slate played Mona-Lisa Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation” and is a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member.

Astronaut Cady Coleman spoke at the graduation of Gwen’s brother, Carter, last year.