Kent Alterman, 2016 Keynote Speaker

Proud UO Alum Kent Alterman, president and CEO of Comedy Central addressed the graduates with his "If you plan too much, you risk too little" speech. Alterman, a 1981 UO graduate who Rolling Stone once called “The man who saved Comedy Central,” served as the University of Oregon’s commencement speaker to the class of 2016.

A bachelor of fine arts graduate of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Alterman studied photography and design as a student at the UO. During an interview with the UO Alumni Association, he credited his alma mater with providing him the skills necessary to succeed in the entertainment industry.

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Alysia Kezerian, 2016 Student Speaker

Alysia Kezerian, a business administration major from Danville, California, was selected as the student speaker to address the graduating class of 2016 at the commencement ceremony in Matthew Knight Arena on Monday, June 13.

For Kezerian, this was a familiar territory: She’s given two prior graduation speeches during her academic career and is considered by professors, friends, and family to be a great public speaker.

"I was the graduation speaker at my middle school and high school graduations—and this is going to sound so silly, but I just couldn't break the tradition," Kezerian said. "The main reason, though, is that it's just unreal how much I love this school and this is my way to give back, to profess my thanks and love to everyone."

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