Alice Cooper Gives ASU Graduates The Ultimate Send-Off

By Rya Backer

As "The Daily Show" proved earlier this week, being a student at ASU doesn't suck. In addition to being a top-rated party school, you can spend your days majoring in golf management, recreation tourism management and sometimes swing from a trapeze.

And graduating isn't half bad, either.

In addition to a gospel choir, a marching band and a mariachi band, the musical program of the school's commencement ceremony was capped off by a performance by Phoenix local Alice Cooper, singing — wait for it — "School's Out" at Sun Devil Stadium.


Sporting his own high school varsity-letter cardigan and none of his signature black eye makeup, the rocker was backed by a band called Runaway Phoenix — which counts as a member Cooper's son, Dash, who played the role of backup singer/hypeman during the performance — for the rendition of the 1972 classic. The younger Cooper is set to pick up a diploma from the school next year. "I'm super excited and super nervous. ... It's the biggest crowd we've ever played in front of," Dash admitted to CNN. "But, you know, it's a great opportunity for us."

Sure, Cooper's act may have been overshadowed by the night's main event, a commencement address delivered by none other than President Barack Obama, but he didn't seem to mind. "Obama's a rock star," he told CNN in the same interview. "He's the first rock star since JFK." But he did have one request of his audience: "I want 8,000 students that are graduating singing along with that song."