Albany's College of Saint Rose Fetes Alumnus Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon, a Hudson Valley native who attended Saint Rose in the 1990s, will be feted at his Albany alma mater as he debuts "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon"

Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 5:04 PM EDT
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Upstate NY College Fetes Alumnus Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon at the College of Saint Rose commencement ceremony in 2009. Courtesy College of Saint Rose

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Albany's College of Saint Rose is throwing a viewing party as Jimmy Fallon starts his run hosting the "Tonight Show."

Fallon grew up in the Hudson Valley village of Saugerties and attended Saint Rose in the 1990s, receiving a bachelor's degree in communications in 2009. That year, Fallon gave the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate.

He was awarded the degree 14 years he left the school as a second-semester senior to pursue his comedy career. He was one semester shy of completing his requirements for a communications degree.

Saint Rose says students who fall just short of completing all the requirements may ask for "experiential learning credit" by presenting a portfolio showing they have fulfilled academic credits in their major through life experience.

Administrators from the Albany college met with Fallon to review his portfolio and discuss his work as a writer, actor and telvision personality. 

Fallon said in his commencement speech: "Finally I convinced them I’ve done enough communicating to get my communications degree and it only took me 17 years."

The ceremony was featured in a segment for "Late Night."  

Fallon says the format of the "Tonight Show" won't be much different from his previous gig at "Late Night," except that it'll be an hour earlier.

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