Producer Stacey Sher to Give USC School of Cinematic Arts Commencement Address

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"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award.

Producer Stacey Sher will deliver the commencement address at the 2013 USC School of Cinematic Arts graduation ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium on May 17, it was announced Monday by Dean Elizabeth M. Daley.

At the ceremony, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award. 

Both are SCA alumni. Sher earned an M.F.A. from the Peter Stark Producing Program in 1985 and Weiner earned an M.F.A. in Production in 1990.

Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominees, having received best picture nominations for 2000’s Erin Brockovich and last year’s Django Unchained. Her upcoming films include Runner Runner, with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck; Get a Job, starring Bryan Cranston, Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick; and  A Walk Among Tombstones with Liam Neeson.

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Created in 1995, in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, the Mary Pickford Alumni Award pays tribute to the men and women of USC whose “extraordinary achievements bring special distinction to the school and to the industry.”

“It is particularly gratifying this year to have two SCA alumni the caliber of Stacey Sher and Matt Weiner returning for commencement,” Daley said. “Stacey is a stellar example to our students of how to make empowering, entertaining and socially conscious films and television and as a multi-hyphenate writer, director and producer Matt is an inspiration to our students of how an individual voice can redefine the boundaries within the entertainment industry. ”