UO announces Ty Burrell as 2021 graduation speaker

Burrell is most famous for his 11-season run as Phil Dunphy on ABC's hit show, "Modern Family".

Posted: May 25, 2021 8:08 AM
Updated: May 25, 2021 8:11 AM

EUGENE, Ore -- The University of Oregon has revealed award-winning actor and former Duck Ty Burrell to be its 2021 keynote speaker at the June 12 commencement ceremony.

Burrell is most famous for his 11-season run as Phil Dunphy on ABC's hit show, "Modern Family".

The Grants Pass native grew up rooting for the Ducks with his family before attending the university in the late 1980s, studying theater. In an alumni newsletter in 2015, he credited the university for being the place he discovered he wanted to be an actor. 

Burrell and his wife continue to support the UO through the Ty and Holly Burrell Scholarship in the Department of Theatre Arts. He has also been spotted many times attending football games at Autzen Stadium.

In April, the university announced that graduates would be able to celebrate commencement day with two in-person activities: the grad parade and a stage procession.

The main commencement celebration and school and college ceremonies will continue to be virtual.

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