On Tuesday, August 27, actor Christopher McDonald '77 will join the Colleges as this year's Convocation speaker. McDonald will open the 2013-2014 academic year at 5 p.m. on Stern Lawn. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Vandervort Room of Scandling Campus Center.
On television, McDonald has had starring roles on "Family Law," "Veronica's Closet" and "Cracking Up," a recurring role in NBC's legal drama "Harry's Law," and many single appearance roles. He also appeared in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," and in "Stargate Universe." He has more than 80 films to his credit and reprised his role as Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of "Chicago" in 2008. He was winner of the 1982 Drama-Logue Best Actor Award.
At Hobart, McDonald played football, was goalie on Hobart's varsity soccer team, was Song Master of the Kappa Alpha Society, and received his degree in English, cum laude. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the London Academy of Music and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York City.