Alfre Woodard to address spring 2016 TU graduates

Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard will deliver The University of Tulsa spring 2016 commencement address at 10 a.m. May 7 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Woodard is a native Tulsan and graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and Boston University.

Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards, 17 Emmy nominations, three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards and a Golden Globe.

Her most recent Emmy nominations were for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series on the HBO show True Blood. Woodard’s illustrious body of work includes her Oscar-nominated performance in Martin Ritt’s Cross Creek; HBO’s Mandela; Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon; John Sayles’ Passion Fish; Joseph Sargent’s Miss Evers’ Boys, for which she won Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe Awards; Spike Lee’s Crooklyn; Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love and Basketball; Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys; Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta; and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave in the role of Mistress Harriet Shaw.

Most recently, she appeared in Annabelle and Mississippi Grind and as president in the NBC drama State of Affairs. Woodard is shooting the new Marvel television series Luke Cage, in which she will play Mariah Dillard.

She directed and produced Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, which won the 2010 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year and garnered a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for Best Children’s Spoken Word Album.

In addition to her acting career, Woodard serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and The Creative Coalition. She is cofounder of Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further the cause of human rights in South Africa.

For more information about TU’s spring commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 918-631-2641, or visit