Singer, actor and activist Janelle Monae is scheduled to deliver this year's commencement address
at Dillard University on May 13.
In a statement, Dillard President Walter Kimbrough said, “Janelle Monae’s significant accomplishments in music and particularly, film and STEM, both signature programs here at Dillard, along with her activism, made her the ideal person to deliver a timely message to our graduates ... I believe this is her first commencement speech and we are very excited to see this day come.”
Monae appeared at the 2010 Voodoo Music Experience, the 2012 and 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the 2013 Essence Festival. Recently she drew great notices from film critics for her performances in Hidden Figures