Actor and comedian, Ed Helms — best known for his role as passionate Cornell alumnus Andy Bernard ’95 on NBC’s The Office — will address graduating seniors at convocation this year, the Class of 2014 Convocation Committee announced Tuesday.
During his run on The Office, Helms made a name for himself as Andy Bernard, a paper salesman at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, who frequently references his time at Cornell. With lines such as “I graduated from anger management the same way I graduated from Cornell: On time,” Bernard is, perhaps, Cornell’s most famous fictional alumnus.
In addition to his role on The Office, Helms, a graduate of Oberlin College, has also starred in theHangover trilogy and served as a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Jennifer Lee ’14, chair of this year’s convocation ceremony and committee said she is thrilled with the selection of Helms as convocation speaker because he is someone “everyone in the Cornell community can connect to.”
“Ed Helms is great for our convocation because every time alumni or students watch The Office or see Andy Bernard, they are reminded of Cornell,” Lee said.
Helms — who gave the Convocation address at Knox College last year — is the first ever comedian to speak at Cornell’s Convocation ceremony. Since 2001, 10 politicians, including last year’s speaker Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), have spoken at Convocation. Lee said the Convocation Committee is excited to break this trend.