NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two-time Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 9.
"We are excited to have Denzel Washington as our 2015 Commencement Speaker," said Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard. "He has been a supporter of our Theater Program, which happens to be the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Theater Program in the country (now in its 79th season), for the past ten years," he added. "Several Denzel Washington Scholars are candidates in this year's graduating class and they will be ecstatic about having him as our speaker."
Appearing in more than 42 movies and theatrical productions, Washington has been nominated for 91 awards and has won 39 including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe awards, five Black reel Awards, 13 NAACP Image Awards, 12 Tony Awards, and 11 Film critic awards, among others.
Notable films in which Washington appeared include Crimson Tide (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Bone Collector (1999), Fallen (1998), He Got Game (1998), Remember the Titans (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), Inside Man (2006), American Gangster (2007), Fences (2010), and Flight (2012). He won Academy Awards® for Glory (Best Supporting Actor, 1989) and Training Day (Best Actor, 2001).
The commencement ceremony begins at 8 a.m. May 9.