Monday, April 12, 2010

Actress Anika Noni Rose to Keynote Commencement

Tony Award winner, alumna and star of Walt Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” will keynote Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Commencement Exercises during the 2 p.m. session at the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium on May 1.

Anika Noni Rose, a product of FAMU’s theatre department (BA), has received international acclaim for her professional accomplishments in the visual and performing arts. After graduating from FAMU, she earned her MFA in drama from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Calif.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Rose come back to the University to share words of inspiration with our students,” said President James H. Ammons. “We are immensely proud of her and all of her accomplishments in the visual and performing arts. I am sure that she will inspire graduates to excel in their fields of study. She is a graduate who has tested unchartered waters and excelled.”

In 2004, Rose won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway show, “Caroline or Change.” Her other awards include the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress. In 2006, Rose starred in “Dreamgirls” as Lorrell Robinson. She portrayed Mma. Grace Makutsi in HBO's Peabody Award Winning “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” and her role in Disney's latest animated feature “The Princess and the Frog,” are historic as she represents the first black-animated princess, Tiana. The movie recently received three Oscar Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the best-animated feature.

In addition, Rose has earned multiple 2010 Image Award nominations including Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for “The Princess and the Frog” and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama for “Dreamgirls.”

The colleges and schools scheduled to graduate during the afternoon session are: the College of Arts & Sciences, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the College of Law, the School of Architecture, the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication and Environmental Sciences.

The line of march will commence at 1:30 p.m. Graduates are to arrive at 12:30 p.m. and doors open to the public at 1 p.m. Commencement rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at (850) 599-3413.


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