Newman University 3100 McCormick Wichita, KS 67213-2097 316-942-4242
Actor and Comedian to Address Newman University 2019 Commencement.
Newman University announced today that Steve Carell — known for his portrayal of Michael Scott in the NBC comedy “The Office” and starring roles in such movies as “Evan Almighty,” “Marwen,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Despicable Me” will serve as Newman’s commencement speaker on May 11, 2019.
Steve Carell was asked by nephew Dwight Carell if he would speak to his class as a family favor. Dwight said “I was so delighted my Uncle is coming to my college as he is the perfect person to send my graduating class out with a bang.”
Newman University is a Catholic university named for John Henry Cardinal Newman and founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for the purpose of empowering graduates to transform society. Steve Carell was raised as a Roman Catholic and often acknowledges his faith.
In fact, while filming “Evan Almighty,” a comedy concerning the biblical flood, Carell stated: “I’m Catholic born and bred…I hope that God gives me guidance and that he directs me to make good choices, and that he helps me with my family.”
The senior class is in disbelief that someone as big as Carrell will be coming to Wichita, KS. “Carell is an icon for the members of our class, and we are excited to bring such an exciting and hilarious figure to campus,” said one Senior.
Steve Carrell spoke at Princeton University’s Class Day in 2012. In his days as a college student, Carell recalled, he had to ask out a girl — and face rejection — in person, not by text. “My point is that I suffered and you should have to suffer, too,” he told the graduating seniors.
The Class Day ceremony will be held at Central Community Church at 10 a.m. May 11, 2019. It is a ticketed event for seniors and their invited guests only., Live streaming will be available.
We’ll be updating you with real commencement speaker announcements as this is an APRIL FOOL’S JOKE 🙂
Happy April Fool’s Day from Newman University!