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May 11, 2012

Actor, Alumnus Patrick Wilson Returns To Deliver Keynote

By Piper Staff

Carnegie Mellon alumnus Patrick Wilson (A'95) will deliver the keynote address for CMU's 115th Commencement at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 20 in Gesling Stadium. Wilson, a critically acclaimed, award-winning actor, was most recently seen in Paramount Pictures' "Young Adult" and also starring in the CBS drama, "A Gifted Man."

"The breadth and depth of Patrick's work demonstrates to our graduating seniors that education, and perseverance beget success," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "We are grateful to have Patrick back on campus for this important occasion."

Wilson has deep roots at Carnegie Mellon. He has been a trustee of the university since 2009 and serves on its Education Affairs and Enrollment Committee. His continuing dedication to the university, and his demonstrated pride as a member of the university community, have helped generate even broader awareness of Carnegie Mellon. He is married to actress Dagmara Dominczyk (A'98), who also is a Carnegie Mellon School of Drama graduate.

"I'm delighted to meet and speak with the very distinguished and accomplished class of 2012," Wilson said. "Who knows, the paths ahead might lead any one of this year's graduates back to CMU to serve as the keynote speaker at commencement someday."

Wilson began his career on the stage, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination, for his work in the 2002 Broadway revival of "Oklahoma!" Wilson has appeared in numerous feature films including "Little Children," "The Ledge," "The A Team," "Watchmen," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Alamo" and "Insidious," the highest grossing horror film of 2011. He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the HBO miniseries "Angels in America." He is currently at work filming "The Conjuring," scheduled for release in 2013.

CMU's 2012 commencement ceremony will include nearly 4,000 graduates and approximately 10,000 attendees. The commencement ceremony will be webcast at