Angela Bassett, an award-winning actress, has been chosen as one of Old Dominion’s spring commencement speakers for 2022.

Chartway Arena will host commencement ceremonies on May 6 and 7. On May 6, she will talk to the College of Arts and Letters undergraduates at 2:00 p.m.

Bassett, 63, has starred in a number of films, including “Black Panther” and “Malcolm X,” as well as “Boyz n the Hood” and “9-1-1.” She has six Emmy nominations and won a Golden Globe for her role as Tina Turner in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” for which she was also nominated for an Oscar.

Other speakers are:

  • Sachin Shetty, executive director of the Center for Secure and Intelligent Critical Systems at ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), will speak at the advanced degree ceremony at 6:30 p.m. May 6.
  • ODU President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., will offer congratulatory remarks at the Strome College of Business and Darden College of Education and Professional Studies undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m. May 7.
  • Howard P. Kern, president and chief executive officer of Sentara Healthcare, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony for the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Sciences and the School of Cybersecurity at 2 p.m. May 7.

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