'Mythbusters' Star to Give IU Commencement Speech

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One of the stars of the popular show "Mythbusters" will give the commencement speech at Indiana University next month. Jamie Hyneman graduated in 1981 with a degree in Russian language and linguistics.

Hyneman was born in Michigan and raised in Columbus. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IU's College of Arts and Sciences on the Bloomington campus. He also served as executive producer of "Mythbusters," which aired its 14th and final season this year.

"Few people have done more than Jamie Hyneman to share the fun of science and engineering with a large and enthusiastic audience," said IU President Michael McRobbie. "As an IU graduate with a degree in Russian linguistics, he has exploded any myth that studying the humanities will not lead to an exciting and successful career. We at Indiana University are delighted and proud to welcome him as the IU Bloomington 2016 undergraduate commencement speaker."

Hyneman has also done work for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. Army, the Office of Naval Research and local law enforcement, according to the university.

IU Foundation President Emeritus Curtis Simic will receive an honorary Doctorate of Human Letters degree at the commencement ceremony. Simic retired in 2008 after serving as IU Foundation president for 20 years.

The commencement ceremony will be held May at 10:00 a.m. at IU Memorial Stadium.

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