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Peabody Award-Winning Writer Aasif Mandvi
Will Address the Macaulay Honors College Graduating Class

Macaulay Honors College Class of 2019 Commencement Speaker Aasif MandviMacaulay Honors College at CUNY proudly announces that Aasif Mandvi, a former correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will serve as the 2019 Commencement speaker. Mandvi will address Macaulay’s graduates on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 3pm at the United Palace Theater in upper Manhattan. This is his first commencement address.

“Aasif Mandvi is a keen observer of American society and a generous public citizen,” said Macaulay Dean Mary C. Pearl, “having hosted benefits for flood relief in Haiti and Pakistan, for organizations dedicated to religious tolerance, and for research on diseases including endometriosis. I’m sure that his address to the class of 2019 will be inspiring, relatable, and very funny!”

After graduating from the University of South Florida, Mandvi moved to New York City, appearing in off-Broadway productions. The recent revival of his 20-year old play Sakina’s Restaurant tells the story of an immigrant family and the American dream. His book No Land’s Man portrays his childhood and life as a double immigrant—moving from India, England, and finally to the United States as a teenager.

In addition to his work as a writer, Mandvi has appeared in numerous films and shows, ranging from The Internship and Million Dollar Arm, to Law & Order and A Series of Unfortunate Events@aasif