Sacred Heart graduate to be honored by Alumni Association

Kevin Nealon will be honored at Sacred Heart University’s annual Alumni Awards Luncheon with the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award.

The Alumni Achievement Award is given to those who have made a significant and positive impact in their fields or professions. This award is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus at Sacred Heart University and is being given to Nealon in recognition of his philanthropic work with a variety of worthy causes, in addition to his extensive and successful career as a comedian, actor, writer and performer.

Nealon will also be giving a benefit performance at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for alumni with discount code and $10 for faculty, staff and students. Call 203-371-7908 to purchase tickets.

Nealon is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He also received an Emmy nomination as part of the SNL writing team in 1988. He has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds, which recently completed its eighth and final season. Nealon’s second standup special for Showtime, Whelmed… But Not Overly, debuted in August 2012.

Nealon has found comedic success in his film career. In Anger Management, he played opposite Jack Nicholson and fellow Saturday Night Live comedian Adam Sandler. He and Sandler also teamed up in Eight Crazy Nights, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, the last of which grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

In Joe Dirt, Nealon joined another Saturday Night Live alumnus David Spade. Some of his other film credits include Daddy Day Care with Eddie Murphy, Good Boy with Molly Shannon, Roxanne with Steve Martin, Grandma’s Boy with Jonah Hill and Nick Swardson and, most recently, Just Go With It with Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

“We are very excited that Kevin will be joining us for homecoming weekend,” said Emily Gillette, director of alumni relations. “He is extremely deserving of the Alumni Achievement Award, and it will be an honor to present it to him. We also greatly appreciate his generosity in taking time from his busy schedule to stay in town and do a benefit performance for us.”

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