is set to inspire the Class of 2010 after agreeing to deliver a speech to college graduates in May.
The Julie & Julia
star will give advice to and toast the 600 graduates of the women's university at the New York City ceremony and will also receive the Barnard Medal of Distinction.
Barnard President Debora L. Spar says, "(Streep) is known for the perfection of her craft and for her painstaking preparation in each role she has undertaken. And, outside of acting, she has used her brilliant voice to support the arts, international human rights, and the environment, as well as health issues of great importance to women and families including cancer, child health, and AIDS."
Streep follows in the footsteps of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
, who addressed the graduates at the prestigious institution last year