Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner has announced that actor and former Buffalonian Jesse L. Martin will speak at the college’s 147th commencement on Saturday, May 18.
Martin will address graduates at both baccalaureate ceremonies (9 a.m. and 1p.m.) and the graduate ceremony (5p.m.). He will be presented with a SUNY honorary doctor of fine arts degree during the 9 a.m. ceremony.
Martin, who grew up in Buffalo, is best known for originating the role of Tom Collins in the Broadway musical RENT, his television role as Detective Ed Green on Law & Order, and most recently for his work as Detective Joe West on the CW comic-hero series the Flash.
Before attending and graduating from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (where he was voted “Most Talented” in his senior class), Martin attended elementary school on Buffalo State’s campus at the Campus School/College Learning Laboratory.
“Buffalo State is thrilled to honor and welcome Jesse L. Martin as our 2019 commencement speaker,” Conway-Turner said.
Martin, in accepting the role of commencement speaker, said in a message to President Conway-Turner, “I formally and humbly accept the honor of giving the 2019 commencement speech at Buffalo State College. I also, very proudly, accept the honorary doctorate that your amazing institution has offered to bestow upon me… As a child of the Buffalo Public School system, who attended elementary school on your beautiful campus, this is a dream come true.