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Jamie from ‘MythBusters’ to be IU Bloomington’s 2016 commencement speaker

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Jamie Hyneman

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 1, 2016) – Indiana University Bloomington announced Friday that Jamie Hyneman from the show “Mythbusters” will be the featured speaker at their undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 7.

Hyneman graduated from the university in 1981 with a degree in Russian language and linguistics.

“Few people have done more than Jamie Hyneman to share the fun of science and engineering with a large and enthusiastic audience,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “As an IU graduate with a degree in Russian linguistics, he has exploded any myth that studying the humanities will not lead to an exciting and successful career.”

According to the university, Hyneman started and ran a successful charter business in the Caribbean after college. Eventually he sailed back to the United States and sought work in film effects. Over the course of 20 years he has had his hands on more than 800 commercials and feature films, first as a technician, then as a manager, and finally as founder of M5 Industries in San Francisco.

While producing and hosting “MythBusters” and other television projects, Hyneman was doing work with the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. Army, the Office of Naval Research and local law enforcement. He received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., outdoors at IU Memorial Stadium. Commencement is free and open to the public. Parking is free.