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Emmy Award-winning comedian and "Late Night" host Seth Meyers '96 will address the Class of 2016 and join four other distinguished individuals in receiving an honorary degree from Northwestern during the University's June 17 Commencement ceremony.


Northwestern University alumnus Seth Meyers, the host of NBC’s “Late Night” talk show and one of the nation’s best-known comedians, is among the five distinguished individuals who will be recognized with honorary degrees at the University’s 158th Commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 17.


Meyers will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016.


A 1996 graduate of Northwestern's School of Communication, Meyers was the head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and anchor of the show’s wildly popular “Weekend Update” segment before becoming the host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in 2014. The recipient of an Emmy Award and several Writers Guild Awards, he also is a writer and executive producer of “Late Night.” He was nominated for an Emmy 14 times and is one of the 2014 TIME 100, Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Meyers began his improvisation comedy career as a member of the Mee-Ow troupe at Northwestern.


Besides Meyers, the other people who will receive honorary degrees during Commencement are Robert Alter, a University of California, Berkeley scholar who has revolutionized the field of Biblical studies; Richard Lifton, a Yale School of Medicine professor who pioneered the identification of gene mutations causing extreme forms of common disease; Sara S. McLanahan, a Princeton University professor whose scholarship focuses on fragile families and child well-being; and Ruth J. Simmons, a former president of Brown University who has provided path-breaking leadership and scholarship in higher education.


For more detailed biographies of each of the five people who will receive honorary degrees, visit the Northwestern News Center.