Buffalo State College commencement speaker announced as actor Jesse Martin

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This year’s commencement speaker at Buffalo State College has been announced as actor Jesse Martin.

Martin, who is known for his role as Tom Collins in the Broadway musical RENT and as Detective Ed Green on “Law & Order,” will speak at both baccalaureate ceremonies and the graduate ceremony on May 18.

He attended elementary school in Buffalo.

“Buffalo State is thrilled to honor and welcome Jesse L. Martin as our 2019 commencement speaker,” Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said. “Mr. Martin, through his illustrious career as an actor, singer, and director, along with his history with our great campus and wonderful city, will offer a unique, relevant, and inspiring message to our 2019 graduates.”  

Martin responded to the invitation with a message to Conway-Turner that said this:

“I, Jesse L. Martin, formally and humbly accept the honor of giving the 2019 Commencement Speech at Buffalo State College. I also, very proudly, accept the Honorary Doctorate that your amazing institution has offered to bestow upon me. It is not lost on me the degree of importance this honor carries. As a child of the Buffalo Public School system, who attended elementary school on your beautiful campus, this is a dream come true.”

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