Writer Kenya Barris, Creator of “Black-ish,” to Deliver Tufts Commencement Address May 21

Kenya Barris, award-winning television and film writer, creator, director, showrunner, and executive producer, will deliver Tufts University’s commencement address on Sunday, May 21, and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.


The Emmy-nominated Barris is best known as the creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of the hit ABC television series “Black-ish,” which is critically-acclaimed for its ability to tackle challenging and provocative topics in thoughtful, funny and entertaining ways.


WHEN: 9 a.m., Sunday, May 21, 2017 (Media should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.) 

WHERE: The Green (academic quad) on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus

WHO: Some 3,000 graduates from Tufts’ undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools; faculty in academic regalia; family and friends. In addition to Barris, the university will confer a number of honorary degrees.


Photos, audio, video and b-roll will be available after the event. The ceremony will be livestreamed at https://now.tufts.edu/commencement2017.


More information about the festivities and a list of honorary degree recipients is available here.


In addition, Richard Engel, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, will deliver the Class Day speech at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University on Saturday, May 20.


As part of the commencement festivities on Sunday, May 21, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will address graduates of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former Chair and CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman will address graduates of the School of Engineering.



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