Kerry WashingtonKerry Washington is the baddest. The “Scandal” starlet has been tapped to deliver the commencement address at George Washington University. She won’t transform into Olivia Pope and save the students from unavoidable quarter-life crises, but the 1998 GWU alumna will be receiving an honorary degree from her alma mater.

The Bronx native earned two bachelors’ degrees in anthropology and sociology while balancing a resident assistant position and starring roles in several plays from GWU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She performed in plays and productions every semester at GWU, which was impressive to her former professors.

“Even when she was a freshman, she was very serious in rehearsal hall,” George Washington Professor Leslie Jacobson told ABC 7 in D.C. “She had a lot of ability and tremendous self-discipline.”

She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and has served on the school’s Board of Directors. Steven Knapp, President of GWU, is thrilled to have one of his most notable alum return for such a special occasion.

“I am delighted that Ms. Washington has agreed to give the Commencement address,” he said in a press release. “She has captured the imagination of our students, and they will benefit greatly, as they head out into the world, from hearing her perspective both as an alumna and as a highly successful actor on stage, in film and on television.”

Washington joins an impressive list of previous commencement speakers, including NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; First Lady Michelle Obama; Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel; former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush; and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

More than 25,000 students will hear Kerry Washington speak. Graduation is scheduled for May 21 on D.C.’s National Mall.

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  • talaktochoba should give the commencements at their house. because nobody is listening to them.

    kerry put in mad work for her career. celebrate an accomplishment of your sister instead of tearing her down.

    • talaktochoba

      sorry, but starring on the Sally Hemmings Show is NO accomplishment, any more than “twerking” or bleaching your skin, narrowing your nose and calling yourself not black to “make it” as a model;

      honestly, how can you portray yourself as trash, White House or internet or runway, then complain about being objectified and not being treated as an equal?

      let me make it more clear–there’s a difference between Josephine Baker and Nikki Minaj, between Bricktop and Rihanna, between Dihann Carrol and Diana Ross…a BIG difference;

  • Soon_to_be GW alum

    The commencement ceremony is on May 19th, not the 21st. And I should know because I’ll be one of the students graduation from George Washington University that day. Looking forward to it!

  • Lane

    She is so overrated and her PR people are in serious overdrive!

    Even her resume has been embellished so that very ordinary things that most students do have been polished up to sound better. She’s a shallow, contrived actress who now wants to be seen as serious and deep. LOL!

    She wants to be Michelle Obama so badly after sniffing around President Obama for several years now under the guise of her new-found “political activism”.

    Planting stories to boost herself and trying to cast herself as Michelle Obama’s mate even though she can’t seem to find and keep a man of her own.

    Kerry Washington is a shamelessly grasping, phony, calculating, desperate wannabe with a serious chip on her shoulder. She seeks attention and approval so badly, it’s embarrassing!

    I hope we are soon done hearing about her. There are smarter, more conscious, authentic, more talented black actresses out there that are more deserving of our awe, respect and support.

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