British actress Adjoa Andoh will address Harvard College’s Class of 2021 at their in-person class dinner on May 28, the Class of 2021 committee announced in an email on Tuesday.
Class Day, an annual tradition to celebrate Harvard College graduates, typically includes remarks from a featured speaker and the College’s Dean, Rakesh Khurana, the day before college-wide commencement drills. The classes of 2020 and 2021 are expected to have joint exercises on campus after the University postponed their in-person debut due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andoh, who is best known for her role as Lady Danbury in the television series “Bridgerton”, has also appeared in the long-running sci-fi show “Doctor Who” and the medical drama series “Casualty”, which has aired since 1986.
As well as acting on television shows, Andoh has had stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theater in England and starred in the 2009 film “Invictus.”
Class Committee Secretary Devin B. Srivastava ’21 wrote in a statement that Andoh would be addressing Harvard’s “first majority-minority class in 380 years of history” and referenced the recent publication. by the University of its historical report on the legacy of slavery.
“Our class is graduating as Harvard just released a report on our institution’s complicity in slavery and announced $100 million to fund a process of reckoning and redress,” wrote Srivastava, a former editor. Chief of Crimson News. “As Harvard thinks about representation and storytelling, our class will uniquely benefit from hearing from an artist like Ms. Andoh who has told stories and represented others throughout her career.”
Second Marshal Prashanth “PK” Kumar ’21 wrote in a statement that the class committee was “ecstatic” for Andoh to speak at the class dinner and said his energy would “add another highlight” to the festivities in person.
“The class of 2021 had asked for someone who embodies the spirit, drive and intellect of our class, and we believe we found those qualities in Adjoa, especially watching his performances on the hit show Bridgerton” , Kumar wrote.
Last year, professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 addressed the Class of 2021 virtually, calling on graduates to embrace their identity and life experiences after graduation.
The Class of 2021 committee also recently announced that it will be handing out non-fungible “commemorative” tokens, or NFTs, to members of the Class of 2021 during the launch festivities.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 is due to address the Class of 2022 on their class day on May 25, while American actor Ashton Kutcher will address the Class of 2020 at their class dinner. class three days later.