Actor Morris Chestnut To Be Spring Commencement Speaker At North Carolina A&T State University


North Carolina A&T is bringing Hollywood star power to their Spring Commencement ceremony. The Greensboro, NC based HBCU announced Chestnut, as well as Dr. Robert H. Newman, as the Keynote Speakers for the Spring Commencement exercises for the baccalaureate & graduate ceremonies respectively. Chestnut will be addressing the graduates on May 13th. He will be in attendance at both the 8 AM & 3 PM ceremonies. Chestnut is the latest celebrity speaker to address NCAT graduates, joining actor Sterling K. Brown in 2021 & “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin.

“Dr. Newman and Mr. Chestnut have made tremendously positive impacts in their professions and are certain to inspire our Spring 2023 commencement audiences,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “We welcome the perspectives they will share with our Aggie community as we celebrate the achievements of our newest Aggie graduates.”


Morris Chesnut has been an actor for over 20 years, with his first feature film role being his portrayal of “Ricky Baker” in Boyz In The Hood. He also, stars in the “Best Man” franchise as “Lance Sullivan”, winning two NAACP awards for his performance as Lance in the 2014 sequel to the original The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday. The last edition of The Best Man, titled The Best Man: The Final Chapter released as a limited series on Peacock in 2022. Before acting, he attended California State University, Northridge where he studied Finance & Drama.

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