“You are the chosen ones because of a fate unimagined when you began your Wright State adventures,” Hanks said. “You started in the olden times, in a world back before the great pandemic of 2020. You will talk of those earlier years in your lives in just that way.”
Hanks was among the first major Hollywood figures to announce he had COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that is ravaging the planet. Hanks isn’t an alumnus of Wright State but has connections with teachers and alumni of the school in Dayton.
He visited the university in 2016 to dedicate a newly renovated motion pictures center named for him.