BREAKING: Will Ferrell will deliver USC’s 2017 Commencement address
It’s been confirmed by a source in Student Affairs
Hollywood superstar and USC alumni Will Ferrell will officially be delivering USC’s 2017 Commencement address.
A source from University Student Affairs confirmed the news today, as did a second source who works closely with President Nikias.
The comedian earned a B.A. in sports broadcasting from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 1989 and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Since graduating, Ferrell has maintained a close relationship with the university, and most notably with the athletic program.
He was especially active during Pete Carroll’s reign of the Coliseum and gave motivational speeches to the players before games. Over the years, Ferrell has appeared at a number of sporting events decked in cardinal and gold – sometimes even dressed as Tommy Trojan – to support his alma mater.
He continued his support even after the incident in 2015 when he was nearly trampled by a herd of 300 pound football players as he led the team out of the tunnel.
— The USC Scene (@scenesfromusc) May 19, 2016
Now, almost 30 years after his own commencement from USC, Ferrell will take a break from the football team’s locker room and instead dance his way to the podium in front of Doheny Library to speak to the graduating class of 2017. Yes, he danced his way to the podium as a disco song played at Harvard University’s Commencement in 2003.
Expect comedy. Expect fangirls. Expect greatness as gold as this photo:
Congrats grads! You now officially have commencement speaker bragging rights.
USC has historic football program, World Famous Song Girls, Iconic Spirit Of Troy, & Alumni like Will Ferrell https://t.co/djoCwEVaqJ
— ✌Joey✌ (@BigTimeSoCalFan) January 29, 2017