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11 April 2019

College Announces Keynote Speaker for Commencement 2019

Montage of three photos of Dion Flynn, alumnus and comedian
SUNY Schenectady is pleased to announce that Dion Flynn will be our Keynote Speaker during this year’s Commencement to take place on Thursday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Proctors.

Cited by O, The Oprah Magazine as “one of our favorite creative thinkers...” SUNY Schenectady Alumnus, comedian, and Army veteran Dion Flynn is best known as Barack Obama (and others) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Dion leads workshops in mental agility and team building with Fortune 500 clients all over. He pioneered and conducts Improv Recovery Workshops for recovering addicts. His voice-overs and on-camera national commercials include those for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Verizon.

Dion’s current solo show and upcoming book are titled The Only Brown Kid In The Trailer Park, an experience which taught Dion to focus on that which is essentially human in us all and how to think fast in a tight spot. 2019 sees Dion guest starring in TruTv’s Jon Glaser Loves Gear and as a series regular on the new college loan debt repayment game show Paid Off.

Dion holds an A.S. in Performing Arts: Drama from SUNY Schenectady, a B.A. in Theatre from the University at Albany, and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Amy, and their beloved son, Miles.

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