El Camino College Welcomes Distinguished Alumni and Accomplished Actor William Allen Young as Commencement Speaker
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El Camino College Welcomes Distinguished Alumni and Accomplished Actor William Allen Young as Commencement Speaker

As a student at El Camino College, William Allen Young was a standout on the forensics team while earning an associate degree in speech communication. He continued his success after transferring to USC where he was twice ranked the No. 1 college speaker in the nation and led the debate squad to a national championship. Young always placed a high priority on education, earning a master’s degree in sociolinguistics from CSU Los Angeles while pursuing a successful career as an actor/director. 

El Camino College welcomes Young back to campus this spring as the 2019 commencement speaker. The ECC Distinguished Alumni Award honoree will address the Class of 2019 at the 72nd Annual Commencement Ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, June 7 in Murdock Stadium. 

Widely recognized for his work in over 100 television, stage, and film projects, Young is also known for his impressive accomplishments and inspiring work creating opportunities for underserved youth. His illustrious career includes roles in two Academy Award-nominated films, “A Soldier's Story” and “District 9.” He is also recognized by millions of worldwide fans as Frank Mitchell, the tough-but-loving father on the TV series “Moesha;” as Judge Ratner on “CSI Miami;” and most recently as Dr. Rollie Guthrie on the CBS medical drama “Code Black.” 

“We welcome William Allen Young back to El Camino College, where he excelled academically as a student and made his mark on our traditionally strong forensics team,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Besides his notable career as an actor and director, Mr. Young’s efforts in helping others succeed in meeting their professional and educational goals is inspiring and has changed the lives of so many.” 

In 2016, Young was named an El Camino College Distinguished Alumni, an award that recognizes outstanding ECC alumni for achievement in their chosen career and service to the community. He is also the recipient of the NAACP Outstanding Social Achievement Award and was deemed a "Goodwill Ambassador" by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, among other awards. 

William is respected in the arts and entertainment community for his professional accomplishments and his passion for education. As a former co-chair of the Directors Guild of America's African American Steering Committee, he helped negotiate the landmark 2000 Network Agreement to help diversify the ranks of actors, writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood. He has also inspired countless lives and created opportunities for hundreds of underserved youth to gain acceptance at colleges and universities nationwide through his award-winning nonprofit, the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment. 

Young has been married to educator Helen Young for 32 years; they live in Los Angeles with their two sons.

For more information about El Camino College's 2019 commencement, including parking and seating arrangements, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/student/commencement/.

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William Allen Young, acclaimed actor/director and El Camino College Distinguished Alumni honoree, will address the Class of 2019 at commencement, set for June 7 in Murdock Stadium.

May 7, 2019