Film and TV

9 Famous People Who Went to University of Arizona

Over the past week, proud University of Arizona students have been closing their collegiate chapters in ceremonies all around campus, including Friday, May 13's mega-commencement at Arizona Stadium.

It's been quite a journey for these graduates, now being set out into the world and facing their futures. It's an excitement so many of us can remember, even celebrities. Take a look at these famous Wildcats who spent some of their early days at the UA. 

Kourtney Kardashian
Major: Theatre Arts

It seems hard to believe, but there was a time when the Kardashians weren't a household name. They were not hard up for cash by any means, and did have some notoriety thanks to Robert Kardashian's involvement on O.J. Simpson's defense team and Kris Kardashian's marriage to Olympian Bruce Jenner. However, unlike her little sister Kylie — who bought a house at 17 — the eldest Kardashian Kid Kourtney probably had to consider the prospect of a life less abnormal. First, she headed to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she spent two years. She finished the remainder of her classes at U of A, graduating in 2002 with a degree in theater arts and a minor in Spanish. She spent post-grad life opening up clothing boutiques Smooch and DASH with her family and appeared on a failed reality show.  It wasn't until her sister Kim's sex tape leaked in 2007 that the family was truly launched into infamy. Twelve seasons and five spinoffs later, Keeping Up With The Kardashians may never end. Like it or not, it's the Kardashians' world and we're just living in it.

Kristen Wiig
Dropped Out
Major: Art

When Wiig moved clear across the country from Rochester, New York, to Tucson, it wasn't with the intention of acting. While starting her studies as an art major, she took an acting class as an elective and her typically introverted self began to flourish. Her epiphany happened right before she was supposed to start working at a plastic surgeon's office, illustrating after-surgery bodies for potential patients. She looked in the mirror and realized that it wasn't the life she wanted, and what she wanted was to move to LA and act. The next day, she packed up everything and headed west. She spent several years doing odd jobs while training at The Groundlings school for improv, which eventually paid off when she was cast on Saturday Night Live in 2005. She remained on the show until 2012, while also starring in movies like Knocked Up and Whip It . However, she had her major breakout writing and starring in Bridesmaids in 2011. Her success in comedy has also given her the freedom to explore other types of films, including the pretty twisted Diary of a Teenage Girl and the blockbuster film The Martian.