Kenya Barris, award-winning writer, executive producer, and the creator of the hit show “Black-ish” and its brand new spinoff “College-ish,” delivered the 2017 commencement address at Tufts University on Sunday morning.
During his funny and poignant speech, Barris offered advice from his life and career in television writing, telling students to work hard, persevere, and most importantly, to be themselves. He also offered commentary on communicating across racial and cultural boundaries, particularly during these contentious times. And he said America’s Class of 2017 has the “burden of actually being the first graduating class to truly ‘Make America Great Again’… I can’t honestly think of a time since the Vietnam War that a graduating class has had more on its shoulders than you all.”
Tufts awarded 1,492 undergraduate degrees and 2,152 graduate degrees.
Tufts President Anthony Monaco and Trustees David Rone and Peter Dolan with Barris
– Information and photos from Tufts University