Keystone College graduate and popular actress/comedian/musician Kate Micucci will serve as commencement speaker during the College’s 151st commencement on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Ms. Micucci graduated from Keystone in 2001 with an associate degree in fine arts and then graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in art from Loyola Marymount University.
Inspired by the movie “BIG,” she entered art school with the dream of being a toy designer. Sculpture classes combined with a love for theater inspired Ms. Micucci to create puppets.
After touring Los Angeles elementary schools with her puppet show, teaching sandcastle building at the beach, and interning at the Jim Henson Company, she dove into acting and performing.
Most recently, Ms. Micucci starred opposite Martin Starr and Dan Stevens as the lead in an episode of Netflix’s forthcoming anthology series, “Cabinet of Curiosities” for director Ana Lily Amirpour and executive producers Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale. She can also be seen in such films as “The Little Hours” opposite Aubrey Plaza and John C Reilly, Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” opposite Keegan Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs, and “Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot,” among others. She co-created and co-starred in the group “Garfunkel and Oats” alongside Riki Lindhome. Their TV series spinoff of the same name can be seen on HBOMax, and their comedy special “Garfunkel and Oats: Trying to Be Special” on Netflix. Her solo show “Playin’ with Micucci” sold out at The Steve Allen Theater from 2008 to 2016. TV credits include “Raising Hope,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Will and Grace,” “Another Period,” “Easy,” “Mom” and many more. She has also been the voice of Velma on “Scooby Doo,” since 2014, the voice of Webby in Disney’s new “Ducktales,” and Daisy the Bunny on “Nature Cat.” Other voiceover work includes roles on such shows as “Curious George,” “American Dad,” “Overdub,” “Inside Job,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Central Park,” “Naked Mole Rat,” “Amphibia,” “ADA Twist,” “Scientist”, and “Mickey Mouse Funhouse,” among others. Ms. Micucci’s artwork has appeared in numerous solo exhibits at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles and the Brad Oldham Gallery in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Private Suites at LAX.
The ceremony will also include remarks by Keystone College President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., an address by the college’s Outstanding Graduate, and presentation of degrees, among other activities.
With the lowest tuition of any private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Keystone offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, natural science, environmental science, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.