STEPHEN COLBERT’s Northwestern Commencement Speech (Video)

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On the 25th anniversary of his own commencement,  NU alum Stephen Colbert came to college football venue Ryan Field to be the guest speaker at NU’s 153rd graduation ceremony. The entire lower section of the West Stands were packed to hear the outrageous political pundit on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” give his speech.

It was a beautiful sunny morning, and Stephen Colbert absolutely knocked his approximately 25 minute speech out of the park. He mixed hilarity with insight, and comedy with inspiration.

Today witnessed the most memorable event to happen at Northwestern’s football field since the 1995 Big Ten Champion team made their run to the Rose Bowl.

Stephen Colbert had so many great one-liners, it was easy to see why Rolling Stone named him one-half of “America’s Anchor Team” in their cover story by Maureen Dowd a few years ago. (Jon Stewart is the other half obviously)

A 1986 graduate of Northwestern’s School of Communication, Stephen Colbert is host and executive producer of the multiple Emmy and Peabody Award winning series, touted by The New York Times as “one of the best television shows of the year.” At Northwestern, Stephen Colbert was planning a serious acting career when he fell in love with comedic improv. Only two years out of college, he ended up with the Second City touring company.

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Northwestern Alum Stephen Colbert Coming to NU’s Ryan Field

Tip of the hat to Northwestern University! The man who coined the word truthiness, NU alum Stephen Colbert is coming to college football venue Ryan Field to be the guest speaker at NU’s 153rd graduation ceremony.

The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17.

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