Senior Class Council: “South Park” animation director to speak at May commencement

CU Senior Class Council announced Monday that Eric Stough, animation director and producer of “South Park,” will join Boulder’s spring commencement ceremony as the keynote speaker.

Stough graduated from CU Boulder with a film degree in 1995, the council said in a news release.

According to the film studies department, Eric Stough attended attended CU with “South Park” co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, whom both graduated from CU in 1993.

“The CU film school inspired me to explore and express my ideas using film as a medium,” Stough says on the film department website. “Its diverse program gave me the opportunity to experiment with live action and animated filmmaking.”

Stough directed such classic “South Park” episodes as “Scott Tenorman Must Die” and “Butters’ Very Own Episode,” the film department says, adding that the character of Leopold “Butters” Stotch on South Park is a lampoon of him.

“The Senior Class Council feels that Stough exemplifies someone who has followed his passion by taking a creative path to success and he can deliver a powerful and universal message to our commencement audience,” said Erica Rozbruch, president of Senior Class Council.

The spring commencement ceremony begins at at 8 a.m. on May 9 at Folsom Field.

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