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It was the alumni party of the century.

The School of Communication on April 21 staged its greatest performance yet — a star-studded show featuring our most recognizable alumni in the entertainment industry — such asHarry Lennix (C86), Brian d’Arcy James (C90), Heather Headley (C96), Ana Gasteyer (C89), Richard Kind (C78), Kathryn Hahn (C95), Dermot Mulroney (C85) and many more — and hosted by Stephen Colbert (C86, H11).

The performance, “A Starry Night,” brought our diverse community back to campus in the spirit of celebration, and was preceded by two packed days of CommFest events: reunions, master classes, workshops, exhibits, demonstrations, and more.

CommFest succeeded beautifully in fulfilling its missions:  to rediscover the School of Communication, reengage with our initiatives, and reunite with dear friends at the biggest, brightest event in our history.

CommFest programming began in the morning of Friday, April 20 and extended through Saturday, April 21, ending with “A Starry Night.” All weekend activities were on the Evanston campus. 

The Vision:

The festival weekend and “A Starry Night” performance were planned to help fund our most critical new initiative: expanding support for graduate programs across the School of Communication. One key project is creating a new MFA program in acting and a new downtown Chicago performing and media arts center to house it. Facilitating these collaborative opportunities for our graduate community is crucial to meeting our strategic goals and in cementing our position as a world-class educator in the communication arts and sciences. Your support of CommFest helped us realize this exciting dream.