U of I Alum, Actor Nick Offerman To Deliver Commencement

May 12, 2017

Actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman will give the commencement address at the University of Illinois on May 13
Credit Joseph Brumleve/University of Illinois

Actor and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman will deliver this year’s commencement address to graduates on the Urbana campus this Saturday.  The ceremony starts at 9:30am at Memorial Stadium.

Offerman is best known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.”

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Offerman about his message to U of I graduates and his newest television show for NBC, “The Handmade Project.”


In this web extra, Offerman discusses why The Japan House on the U of I campus is so important to him, and his relationship with professor emeritus Shozo Sato.