Commencement Speakers

Actress Saycon Sengbloh

Actress and activist Saycon Sengbloh '00x will serve as the commencement speaker for the classes of 2022 on May 14.

Tony Award-nominated actress and activist Saycon Sengbloh ’00x will give the keynote address at Agnes Scott College’s 2022 Commencement on May 14.

Sengbloh is a star of ABC’s popular hit show “The Wonder Years.” She also played the role of FBI agent Angela Webster in ABC’s popular political drama “Scandal” and Erma Franklin in “Respect,” a biopic of singer Aretha Franklin. 

Sengbloh is a well-known activist who has consistently used her prominent platform for social justice. An Atlanta native of Liberian descent, she is passionate about the power of education. 

Sengbloh has appeared in nearly a dozen Broadway productions. She starred opposite award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o in the production “Eclipsed” in 2016, earning a significant award from the Drama Desk. She also holds the distinction of being the first Black woman to perform the role of Elphaba in the internationally renowned Broadway musical “Wicked.” 

Ryan Hayes-Owens '22

Ryan Hayes-Owens '22

Class of 2022 Student Speaker 

Ryan Hayes-Owens ’22 is a sociology and anthropology major and Posse Scholar. The Chicago, Illinois, native is active on campus, having served as a leader with the Sophomore Class Applied Leadership Experience (SCALE) and new student orientation and as a member of Witkaze, the Black student association at Agnes Scott. Additionally, she is public relations chair for Publius, Agnes Scott’s pre-law society. This fall, Ryan plans to attend Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, specializing in video and broadcasting.


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