Knox College announced today that actor and comedian Ed Helms will be
the speaker at the 2013 Commencement exercises to be held in June.
Helms is best known for scene-stealing roles on both the big and small
screen, including his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart, his character Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of the hit
television sitcom The Office, and his role as Dr. Stu Price in The
Hangover films. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, a liberal arts
college founded, like Knox, by missionaries and social reformers.
"With his work on The Daily Show and his roles in two of the most
popular sitcoms and films in recent memory, Ed Helms is an iconic
figure for this generation of students," says Knox College President
Teresa Amott. "I thank the senior class for choosing a speaker who has
made such a distinctive contribution to our popular culture."
Helms is the second veteran of Comedy Central's The Daily Show to
deliver Knox's Commencement address. Stephen Colbert, who was also a
regular on the Comedy Central hit show before starring in his own
award-winning Comedy Central series, The Colbert Report, delivered the
2006 Commencement address.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Helms moved to New York City to
pursue comedy shortly after graduating from Oberlin in 1996. He began
his career as a writer and performer in sketch comedy bands and
studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe. He
joined the cast of The Daily Show in 2002 and, in addition to serving
as a "field reporter," contributed to the segments "Digital Watch,"
"Ad Nauseam," and "This Week in God," among others. After leaving the
show in 2006, he joined the cast of the NBC "mockumentary" The Office
and has been a series regular ever since. Helms has appeared in more
than a dozen films, including starring roles in 2012's Jeff, Who Lives
at Home and 2011's Cedar Rapids and a co-starring role in the
blockbuster hit The Hangover, its sequel, and the upcoming third
installment of the film, to be released in May. The first Hangover
film won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Comedy or
Musical. Helms currently resides in Los Angeles and is known to play a
The Knox College Commencement will be held on June 8, 2013, at 10 am
on the South Lawn of Old Main on the Knox College campus. It is free
and open to the public.
Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in
Galesburg, Illinois. Knox enrolls students from 48 states and U.S.
territories and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic
Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas