Multiethnic Commencement Celebration

The annual Multiethnic Commencement Celebration featured keynote speaker Sarah Culberson, an African princess, American actress, and philanthropist. The service on Sunday, May 6 honored the multicultural members of the Class of 2012 and was hosted by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS).

Culberson acts on stage, in film, and on television with credits including "Strong Medicine," "All of Us," "Boston Legal," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and the film "American Dreamz."

Born in West Virginia to an African father and a white mother, Culberson was adopted by a loving white family. As an adult, she searched for her birth parents and learned that her father lived in the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. She also discovered she is from a royal family with the status of a princess.

Culberson became aware of the severe difficulties Sierra Leone faces. The discovery of her unique heritage inspired her to co-found The Kposowa Foundation to rebuild and provide opportunity for the people of Sierra Leone, and to improve education for the country’s youth.