Commencement Speaker for Class of 2020 Announced!

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School is proud to announce alumnus Tom Kenny (class of 1980) as this year‘s commencement speaker.

Tom is most widely known for his 20-year (and counting!) portrayal of the title character on the hit animated show “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

Born and raised in East Syracuse, Tom, and his fellow Bishop Grimes alumnus Robert “Bobcat“ Goldthwait began their careers performing at local open mic nights while still in their teens. As a stand-up comedian and actor, Tom notched numerous television appearances including “Late Night with David Letterman”, “Conan”, and HBO’s “Mr. Show with Bob and David”.

Tom has worked extensively as a voice actor in cartoons, commercials, & video games and has hundreds of credits on his IMDb, including “Powerpuff Girls”, “Spyro the Dragon”, “Adventure Time“, and “Rick and Morty”.

His work has been recognized with numerous awards over the years. Tom won the 2014 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting for his portrayal of The Ice King on “Adventure Time”, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for SpongeBob in 2018.

Tom tells us: “It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been 40 years since I graduated from BG, because in some ways I feel like I STILL am one of those high school kids that I’ll be addressing there in June! Maybe THEY can give ME some advice on what I should be when I “grow up”!


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