Comedian Tom Cotter ’82 To Deliver Moses Brown’s Commencement Address On June 7

Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Tom Cotter ’82 will be 2018’s Commencement speaker. On Thursday, June 7, 2018, 10:30 a.m., 95 graduating seniors will receive diplomas from the Quaker school founded 234 years ago. Commencement traditionally takes place outdoors in the Grove on Moses Brown’s 33-acre campus.

Even before his impressive finalist run on the world’s largest talent competition, America’s Got Talent, Tom was already one of the funniest comedians in the country. Tom has won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the Boston Comedy Festival, and the Las Vegas and Montreal comedy festivals, and also appeared on the Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing, a Barbara Walters special, Comedy Central, NBC’s Today Show, and CBS’s The Good Wife.

At Denison University, Tom considered becoming a lawyer. Then one night he tried stand-up; he’s been performing ever since, saying it reminds him of his days on MB’s wrestling squad: “It’s win or lose, instant feedback. You’re out there all by yourself; if you win you get all the accolades but if you lose it’s all you.”

After moving to Boston, he quickly became a comedy-club favorite, and was asked to headline the Reebok Campus America Tour. Tom has performed at over 300 colleges and in a wide variety of venues from Beijing, China to British Television in London.

Tom attended MB for nine years and remembers Mrs. Heckman (Latin) as a favorite teacher. He received his class’s 25th Reunion Achievement Award, has served as a Reunion agent and panelist, and even gave a great performance in Alumni Hall at a packed event sponsored by the Moses Brown Alumni Association.

Tom joins a long line of distinguished MB alumni who have returned to speak to graduates, including business owner Tom Chappell ’61, former U.S. Ambassador Chris Hill ’70, Yale law professor / human rights specialist Muneer Ahmad ’89, entrepreneur/fundraiser Ethan Ruby ’93, writer/editor Joyce Chang ’94, entrepreneur Wiley Cerilli ’98, and journalist/Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo ’99.