Uzo Aduba To Deliver Commencement Address At Chapman University’s Film School

Uzo Aduba is set to give this year’s commencement address at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The three-time Orange Is the New Black Emmy winner will deliver her speech May 18 at the school’s Wilson Field in Orange, CA.

“Uzo Aduba is one of the exceptional talents of our time,” said Stephen Galloway, dean of Dodge College. “She represents everything we most cherish at Dodge College: a fierce intelligence, originality and the highest commitment to excellence.”

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Aduba played inmate “Crazy Eyes” Warren on all seven seasons of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, scoring Supporting Actress Emmys in 2024, 2015 and 2017, two individual SAG Awards and two SAG prizes for Comedy Ensemble. Aduba also picked up Emmy noms for HBO’s In Treatment reboot in 2021 and Hulu’s Mrs. America in 2020 and is a five-time NCAAP Image Award nominee.

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She starred alongside Matthew Broderick in Netflix’s 2023 limited series Painkiller, and other recent credits include Solos, National Champions and voice roles in Lightyear, Steven Universe: The Movie and Steven Universe Future. Upcoming roles in The Residence, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat and Greedy People.

Aduba recently launched her production company, Meynon Media, and signed a multiyear producing deal with CBS Studios, where she is set to produce and star in the Showtime limited series All Her Little Secrets.

Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is among the top-ranked film schools in the country.

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