USC’s 140th Commencement Ceremony features a familiar face as the keynote: Kevin Feige, producer and president of Marvel Studios. Feige, a 1995 graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a frequent on-campus speaker, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony on May 12.
“I’m so excited to have Kevin Feige as our rookie speaker. He is a creative force: an impresario who builds extraordinary teams and tells magical, diverse stories that captivate people around the world.” USC President Carol L. Folt. “He sat in the same chairs and walked the same paths as so many of our students – and look where his adventure has taken him. I can’t wait to hear his inspiring stories.”
Feige serves on the Board of Councilors of the School of Cinematic Arts. In 2017, he established a fund to promote the success of film students at USC. The Kevin Feige Endowed Fund for Creative Producing supports courses that teach budding filmmakers how to turn an idea into a successful commercial release. Feige is also the recipient of the 2014 Mary Pickford Alumni Award for achievements that have distinguished the school and the entertainment industry.
“My USC experience played such a fundamental role in who I’ve become, both as a filmmaker and as a person,” said Feige. “Of course they don’t have to ask me twice to come back and talk to students. But I’m honored and humbled to be asked to be the fledgling speaker celebrating the graduating class of 2023 as they bring their own USC experience into the world to do great things as part of the next generation of storytellers and innovators and leaders .
“Feige is an excellent role model for all SCA students as creative production is a core competency across the school’s curriculum, a hallmark of the industry’s best practitioners,” said USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley .
Feige oversees Marvel Studios’ feature film productions, with 30 film releases all of which have opened No. 1 at the box office and collectively grossed more than $28 billion worldwide. Ten films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and two films — Avengers: endgame and Avengers: Infinite War — have grossed more than $2 billion.