Posted by Cameron Mockridge | Posted in Entertainment Consultant | Posted on 31-05-2012
Comedian Andy Samberg followed the season finale of Saturday Night Live with another impressive gig: commencement speaker at Harvard.
Samberg took the stage yesterday to address graduates, noting that he was continuing a grand tradition of Harvard commencement speakers — “Nobel Prize laureate Mother Teresa, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and now me, the fake-rap-wiener-songs guy.”
Samberg was continuing another tradition as well — celebrity appearances at college commencements.
See a slide show of commencement celebrities this year
So far this spring has seen a bunch, including:
– Jane Lynch of Glee fame, giving advice to grads at Smith College: “If life gives you lemons, grab it by the horns and drive — and yes, I just mixed three metaphors. Remember, I was a C student.”
– Oscar-nominated actor James Franco told University of Texas-Arlington students that Seth Rogen “punched up” his speech: ” “For it is the fool who puts all his eggs in one basket. I say, spread your eggs around … Some of them might crack, or break along the way, but many will stay intact. Probably more than you think. You don’t like eggs? Too bad. That’s the analogy Seth wrote for me.”
– Katie Couric gave the commencement address at the her alma mater, the University of Virginia. She noted that she persevered even when she was criticized as a news anchor: “Some said I lacked ‘gravitas,’ which I’ve since decided is Latin for ‘testicles.’ ”
Still to come: Steve Carell addresses Princeton grads on June 4, while Ohio University hears from Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, on June 9.