Big Bang Theory star to be commencement speaker

Alum Kunal Nayyar ('03) was a business major

By Janea Melido | March 20, 2022 12:15pm
UP Alum Kunal Nayyar will be this year’s commencement speaker.
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Kunal Nyyar, UP alum and star of “The Big Bang Theory,” will be this year’s commencement speaker, the first in-person since 2019, Acting President and Provost Herbert Medina announced in an email to the UP community.

Three different commencement ceremonies will be held at the Chiles Center from April 30 to May 1.

Speaking for the School of Nursing commencement on April 30 is Marla E. Salmon, former dean at UW and Emory University Schools of Nursing and professor of nursing and global health at the University of Washington.

Valedictorians Jake Riegel for the School of Nursing, Grace Adam for the Pamplin School of Business and Marlee Bennett for the School of Education will be delivering valedictory addresses at their respective ceremonies. A handful of honorary degrees will be awarded, as well.

Spring 2022 Commencement Schedule:

Saturday, April 30:

Air Force & Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 10 a.m.

School of Nursing Commencement & Pinning Ceremony, 1 p.m. 

Baccalaureate Mass, 5 p.m. 

Sunday, May 1:

Pamplin School of Business and Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, 10 a.m. 

Valedictorian: Grace Adam

College of Arts & Sciences and School of Education, 2 p.m.  

 Janea Melido is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at