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  • Ernie Samora, Staff Writer

Jennifer Coolidge to speak at 2024 commencement


Willamette has recently unveiled the speaker for the upcoming commencement ceremony: Emmy Award Winning Actress, Comedian and Animal Lover Jennifer Coolidge. 

“We are very excited to have someone of such distinguished character speak for the class of 2024,” said President Steve Thorsett. Coolidge's unique blend of humor, charm and warmth is expected to resonate with graduates and their families alike.

Coolidge is overjoyed to have been asked to speak, saying, “Oh, wow! Thank you! Thank you so much! I’ve always wanted to be a Bearcat.” Coolidge will receive an honorary doctorate in milfanomics, reflecting not only her contributions to the entertainment industry but also her vivacious passion for giving back to her community. This recognition further solidifies her connection to Willamette University and its values of academic excellence, community engagement and Bearcat spirit. 

With Coolidge at the helm, the commencement ceremony promises to be an unforgettable celebration of achievement, inspiration and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead for the graduating class of 2024.

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Apr 02

Wonderful story, well written. Great news for the university!! Only wish, would be if my granddaughter were to graduate this year!

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