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Leader in film industry to speak at College Commencement

Cheryl Boone IsaacsCheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will be the speaker for college commencement at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA).

Boone Isaacs is a film industry public relations executive who has managed publicity efforts for blockbusters including THE CALL, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE, SPIDER-MAN 2, TUPAC: RESURRECTION, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, FORREST GUMP and BRAVEHEART.

“We’re thrilled to have one of the entertainment industry’s most admired and accomplished executives address our campus community,” said Chancellor Lindsay Bierman. “Boone Isaacs’ inspiring leadership, entrepreneurship, and 30 years of experience in one of the world’s most competitive businesses will provide great insights for graduates in every discipline."

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Alumnus, acclaimed photographer, documentary filmmaker and director to speak at High School Commencement

An alumnus and world-renowned photographer, documentary filmmaker, and director will return to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as speaker for High School Commencement. David LaChapelle (Visual Arts ’81) will speak during the event.

For more than two decades, LaChapelle has consistently captured the spirit of a generation, producing countless artworks and music videos drenched in contemporary pop culture that all together imbue important social commentary yet remain accessible to a large audience.

“David LaChapelle’s career underscores an important lesson for our students,” said Chancellor Lindsay Bierman, who will preside over his first commencement ceremonies this year . “As an artist, you'll write, illustrate and direct your own success story—but it might not be the story you have in mind right now. David’s trajectory shows how much it can pay off to remain nimble, open to inspiration, and ready to grasp opportunities, even those that might seem to be out of your wheelhouse or comfort zone.”

LaChapelle, Bierman said, is a great role model for graduating seniors. “His high school arts conservatory education helped him build a successful, meaningful career doing what he loves. We want that for all of our graduates,” he said.

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