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Actor Sterling K. Brown is N.C. A&T's next commencement speaker
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Actor Sterling K. Brown is N.C. A&T's next commencement speaker

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GREENSBORO — Sterling K. Brown, the Emmy-winning actor best known for his leading role in TV’s “This is Us,” will speak at both of N.C. A&T’s commencement ceremonies May 9.

Brown has won a pair of Primetime Emmy Awards: one in 2016 for his supporting role in the FX TV series “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and another the next year for his leading role on the NBC show “This is Us.”

Brown is the first Black actor to win a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for best male actor in a TV drama. He won both of those awards for portraying Randall Pearson in “This is Us,” which started in 2016 and is now in its sixth season.

N.C. A&T marks its 130th birthday with a new website that highlights key alumni and friends and major campus events.

Brown, whose film credits include “Black Panther,” earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in California and a master’s of fine arts from New York University. In 2018, Time magazine included him on its annual list of the 100 most influential people.

A&T will hold two in-person commencement ceremonies May 9 at Truist Stadium on campus. The 8:30 a.m. event is for spring 2021 graduates, and the 4 p.m. ceremony is for those who earned degrees in 2020.

Last May’s commencement was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A&T said Brown’s commencement address will be pre-recorded and shown at both ceremonies.

The university said it expects to award degrees to about 1,000 undergraduates and 250 graduate students from the spring class of 2021.

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