Watch Undergraduate Commencement 2017, Featuring J.J. Abrams '88, Live on May 19

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J.J. Abrams '88 will be the keynote speaker at the College's 89th Commencement, which will be streamed live on Friday, May 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Abrams has been an innovative writer, director, and producer in film and television over his celebrated career, which began in his final year at Sarah Lawrence, when he collaborated with a friend to write a feature film treatment that was purchased by Disney Studios.

In addition to writing, producing, and directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Abrams' long list of credits includes producing and directing Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and writing and directing the films Super 8 and Mission: Impossible III. He produces the Cloverfield, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible series of films, and created or co-created and produced the TV series Felicity, Alias, Fringe, and Lost. He has written or co-written such films as Regarding Henry, Forever Young, Armageddon, and Joy Ride and has composed theme songs and music for many of his productions. Currently, J.J. produces the hit HBO series Westworld. Read more

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