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Nebraska names theater school for Carson

Late talk-show host graduated from university in 1949
/ Source: The Associated Press

Late-night television king Johnny Carson now has a department at his alma mater named after him.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Department of Theatre Arts is now called the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

The university's Board of Regents approved the name change on Friday.

Carson, who hosted the "Tonight Show" for 30 years, approved of the name change before he died in January at age 79. The idea was presented to him by university officials before the legendary talk show host donated $5.3 million to the school in November.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949.