4:09 PM EDT, April 22, 2013
Activist, Academy Award-nominated actress and Emmy-nominated choreographer Rosie Perez is to speak at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s 41st annual Commencement ceremony.
Perez is a vocal advocate for many causes, and has spoken extensively about AIDS and inner-city youth.
In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS. She is the head of the Artistic Board for the Urban Arts Partnership, an arts education organization that teaches dance, film and fine arts to students in Harlem, the Bronx and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, N.Y.
She also served as the National Spokesperson for Comite Noviembre Puerto Rican Heritage and was honored in New York during Puerto Rican and Hispanic Heritage Month. Perez has starred in “Fearless,” “Riding in Cars with Boys” and “Lackawanna Blues.”
In her address to the Pitt-Johnstown graduating class, she is to emphasize the importance of being adaptable and taking risks in order to achieve success and fulfillment.
The commencement honors 500 graduates of Pitt-Johnstown who have completed requirements for their respective degrees. It is to begin at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.