Famous Voice To Deliver OU Commencement Speech

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Tue, Mar 27, 2012 10:24 am

An Ohio University alumna made famous for being the voice of a cartoon 10-year-old boy will use that voice for another purpose in June: as the university's commencement speaker.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice actor for The Simpson's Bart Simpson, will address undergraduates at two ceremonies June 9.

According to an Ohio University spokeswoman, Cartwright began her postsecondary education at Ohio University.  In 2005, Cartwright established a scholarship for students from Fairmont High School to puruse speech, debate, drama or music at OU.

The commencement exercises will not be the first time Cartwright has returned to speak on campus.  In 2010, she delievered the keynote address at the National Forensics Association Tournament held at the university.  During the visit, she was inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame.

"Ohio University was instrumental in my success as an artist.  I was surrounded by young people like myself who loved performing and keeping incredibly active doing what we love to do," said Cartwright in a news release. "I discovered my talent by immersing myself in the programs that OU offered and for this I am eternally grateful."

Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson since 1987.  She received an Emmy Award and an Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Voice-Over performance for her vocal work. 

Ohio University's undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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