Adam Mastroianni, a 2010 Monroeville High School graduate, graduated summa cum laude June 3 from Princeton University with a degree in psychology.
Mastroianni was one of two students to speak in front of the 1,300 graduates along with parents, friends and family during Class Day, which is part of three days of commencement celebrations. His speech has gone viral on YouTube. (NOTE: Click on the video player at the end of this story to watch his speech.)
The featured speaker was former Vice President Al Gore, who used a Princeton-specific joke in his speech that Mastroianni wrote for him. Mastroianni has performed improv comedy with a Princeton group called Quipfire!, founded, co-hosted a late-night talk show and served as head writer for Princeton’s nationally recognized Triangle Club, which tours student-written musical comedies around the nation. He also worked as an instructor in the Princeton Writing Center to counsel students on papers and as an RA for two years in his residential college hall.
Mastroianni will continue his education at Oxford University in the United Kingdom this fall as a Rhodes Scholar studying evidence-based social intervention, a branch of social psychology. In addition to four years at Princeton, he spent two summers at Harvard University as a researcher in a psychology lab.
He is the son of Sharon and Douglas Mastroianni.