SCAD announces Rob Lowe as 2024 commencement speaker

Award-winning actor to speak at Savannah, Atlanta ceremonies on June 1 and June 2

Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is delighted to announce award-winning actor and The New York Times bestselling author Rob Lowe as the university's 2024 commencement speaker at its locations in Savannah and Atlanta. Lowe will address the largest class in university history of more than 3,700 total graduates. SCAD's 2024 graduates represent more than 40 top-ranked majors, including animation, fashion, film and television, interior design, and user experience (UX) design.

SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace will confer degrees to SCAD Savannah and SCADnow graduates Saturday, June 1, at Enmarket Arena. The Presidential Conferment of Degrees for SCAD Atlanta graduates will take place Sunday, June 2, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

This year’s commencement also marks a university milestone: This academic year, SCAD is celebrating 45 years of star power. Talented students from an array of programs will deliver inspiring speeches and be celebrated by fellow students, family members, faculty, staff, and acclaimed industry leaders.

"I am honored to serve as SCAD’s commencement speaker for the Class of 2024 in Savannah and Atlanta,” Lowe said. “I'm especially humbled to play this role during SCAD’s 45th anniversary year. What a milestone!"
click to enlarge SCAD announces Rob Lowe as 2024 commencement speaker
Rob Lowe
Since 1978, the university’s mission has been to prepare talented students for creative professions. Today, SCAD’s success rate is unmatched. A 2023 study found that 99 percent of SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. SCAD alumni have found fulfilling careers at Adobe, BMW, Delta Air Lines, Disney, Google, Hasbro, Microsoft, NASA, Ralph Lauren, and more.

Lowe’s iconic career spans 4 decades in film, television, and theater. He is also an acclaimed author. Rob has been nominated for two Emmys, six Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild awards in which he won two. He has starred in the ‘80s classics St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, and The Outsiders, as well as television classics such as The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. Rob’s incredibly diverse career also includes scene stealing work in Behind the Candelabra, Austin Powers, and Tommy Boy.

His two memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life are both New York Times Best Sellers. He has taken his first memoir and made it into a touring show called Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live! which has received rave reviews throughout the country and sold out in London.

In 2020, Lowe launched his podcast Literally! With Rob Lowe. A podcast of irreverent yet thoughtful conversations with leaders in the world of business and entertainment like Oprah, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, Magic Johnson, and others. After continued success, it is currently in its fourth season.

Lowe recently wrapped season 2 of his Netflix comedy series Unstable, inspired by his and his son, John Owen Lowe’s social media relationship, in which John Owen often humorously trolls his dad.

Lowe is currently starring in and producing season 5 of FOX’s highly acclaimed 911 Texas-set spinoff 911: Lone Star, which has been consistently one of the top-rated shows in all of television.