Macky Auditorium felt like a comedy club Thursday afternoon as famed sportswriter Rick Reilly, a 1981 graduate, delivered the University of Colorado journalism school's final graduation speech.

"We'll be fine," he told the graduates. "You guys should hang onto those diplomas. They're like collectors' items. It's like 'Donald Trump for President' bumper stickers or polar bears. You'll never see them again."

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will shut down -- or be "re-jiggered," as Reilly put it -- on June 30.

Those enrolled in the school will be able to finish their degrees, but future students must couple their journalism major with another field of study.

On Thursday, the journalism school awarded 280 degrees.

Sportswriter Rick Reilly cracks jokes at the University of Colorado’s graduation ceremony for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Sportswriter Rick Reilly cracks jokes at the University of Colorado's graduation ceremony for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. (Marty Caivano)
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