Ruth Carter to deliver HU commencement speech


LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 30: Ruth E. Carter, “Roots” costume designer and Emmy nominee poses at the Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition presented by the Television Academy at the FIDM Museum & Galleries on July 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Acclaimed Hollywood costume designer Ruth Carter will address the class of 2018 at Hampton University’s commencement.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Costume designer Ruth E. Carter at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Carter, a Hampton alumna, helped craft the striking costumes featured in Marvel’s record-breaking film “Black Panther.” She became the first African American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Carter graduated from Hampton’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts in 1982, majoring in Theatre Arts. Other films she worked on included “The Butler,”  “Selma” and “Roots.”

She was nominated for Best Costume Design for Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” in 1993 and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” in 1998.

Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, said in a statement Wednesday, “Ruth Carter’s star is among the brightest in Hollywood. She will inspire and enlighten every soul within the sound of her voice.  We can’t wait.”

Hampton’s 148th commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 13 at 10 a.m. at Armstrong Stadium.

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