Cartoonist Dan Piraro to address TU's Fall Graduates

Monday, December 10, 2012

Native Tulsan Dan Piraro will deliver the Commencement address to more than 350 University of Tulsa graduates on Saturday, December 15.

The award-winning cartoonist, fine artist, and stand-up comedian is best known for his daily syndicated newspaper cartoon, Bizarro, which was first syndicated in 1985. Appearing daily in over 350 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, Bizarro has won an unprecedented three consecutive “Best Cartoon Panel” awards from the National Cartoonists Society and in 2011 won their highest honor, “Cartoonist of the Year.”

Over his 27-year career, Piraro has published 16 books of his cartoons as well as three books of prose. He has also toured the country as a stand-up comedian and performed a one-man stage show about his life as a cartoonist. The New York Times called it, “A shrewd tour of an artist’s imagination…wildly applauded.”

Piraro, a graduate of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington, has appeared on NPR, CNN, and HBO and currently is negotiating a reality show about his career for television.

The university will recognize the 2012 Marcy Lawless Service Award winner, Claire Atkinson, a senior in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2013. The award, which carries a stipend of $1,200 is presented to the student who most closely emulates First Lady Emerita Marcy Lawless’ generous spirit, creativity and commitment to serving others.

For more information about TU’s Fall Commencement, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 918-631-2327, or visit the commencement website at

Mona Chamberlin