Renner to receive honor at MJC

Modesto native and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner will be honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus award at Modesto Junior College's commencement April 30.

The star of this year's Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker" attended MJC in the early 1990s, though he left before completing his degree.

The Beyer High graduate started acting at MJC and appeared in a handful of productions, including "The Wizard of Oz" and "Orphans."

Gene Hill, executive director for the MJC Foundation, said Renner's best actor nomination earlier this year and steady career in Hollywood made him a great choice for the honor.

"We just felt that this would be an inspirational time for our students," Hill said. "I would hope that his successes would help inspire our students that they can do the same thing if they work hard and keep at it."

Renner, whose films include "S.W.A.T.," "Dahmer" and "28 Weeks Later," will be presented with a plaque at the ceremony and will have his name enshrined in Founders Hall on the MJC East Campus. No formal address is planned.

He last was on campus in August 2008 when he attended the grand reopening of the college's Performing and Media Arts Center.

The commencement ceremony will be at 6 p.m. April 30 at MJC Stadium.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at or 578-2284.

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