Jeannette Bayardelle, a 2022 Tony nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her work as Mrs. Neilsen in the Conor McPherson-Bob Dylan musical Girl From the North Country, will be the commencement speaker at Hunter College's June 10 graduation ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclay’s Center.
Bayardelle is an alum of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she was a Medical Lab Science major in the class of 2002. She also returned for the 2007 graduation ceremony, performing and receiving an Outstanding Alumni Award.
“It is an incredible privilege to have been asked to deliver the commencement address at Hunter College for the class of 2022. The education I obtained at Hunter is primarily responsible for the success I’ve had as an artist,” says Bayardelle.
Bayardelle has also been seen on Broadway in Hair and The Color Purple, while her Off-Broadway credits include Rock of Ages, Girl From the North Country, and Shida the Musical, which she also wrote. The Bronx native can be heard in Disney’s Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, and she wrote and starred in the web series I Take Thee Zoe.