One of Hollywood’s most honored film and TV writers.
Aaron Sorkin ’83, an award-winning screenwriter, delivered the 2012 Commencement address at the joint ceremony for Syracuse University, the College of Law, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Renowned for his ability to create compelling characters and situations, Sorkin is one of Hollywood’s most honored writers for films such as A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network, and Moneyball, as well as TV shows including Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and HBO’s drama The Newsroom. Highly supportive of his alma mater, he established Sorkin Week, an immersion program in the entertainment industry for SU drama and film students in Los Angeles. He is one of many SU alumni who are movers and shakers in the entertainment field, including Jason Blumenthal ’90, Escape Artists Productions, producer of The Pursuit of Happyness and Hope Springs; Netflix executive Sean Carey ’89; Andrew Gumpert ’89, president of worldwide business affairs and operations, Columbia Pictures; Rob Light ’78, managing partner and head of music at Creative Artists Agency; Doug Robinson ’85, partner, Happy Madison Productions, producer of Rules of Engagement; and legendary TV executive Fred Silverman ’58.