Oscar-winning Producer Jonas Rivera to be SF State Commencement Speaker

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
SF STATE NEWS -- Oscar-winning film producer and San Francisco State University alum Jonas Rivera (’96) will address an audience of nearly 35,000 as the featured speaker at the University’s 115th Commencement ceremony May 27 at AT&T Park. He has twice been honored as the Producer of the Year in Animated Features by the Producers Guild of America for his work on Disney’s “Up" and "Inside Out." He was also nominated for a Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for "Up," making him the first Pixar Animation Studios producer ever to receive this honor. “I came to SFSU loving animation and knowing that I wanted to be a part of making animated films. It was just such an amazing experience to walk in there and be surrounded by so many people with a similar passion,” Rivera says. “I took the time to dig into every possible kind of film I could get my eyes on. It was an amazing experience that expanded my love of all kinds of films.”