- Knox College announced today that Eva Longoria will be
the speaker at the 2017 Commencement exercises to be held in June. Eva
Longoria is an award-winning actress, producer, and philanthropist,
best known for her role as Gabrielle Solis on the hit show "Desperate
"Ms. Longoria's professional and personal accomplishments reflect the
values that liberal arts colleges like Knox hold dear -- appreciation
for the arts, critical thinking, resilience, the pursuit of lifelong
learning, and a commitment to social justice and community service,"
says Knox College President Teresa L. Amott. "It is an honor to
welcome Ms. Longoria as this year's Commencement speaker."
Longoria stars in feature films "Lowriders" (May 2017) and "All Star
Weekend" (Summer 2017), as well as the BBC miniseries "Decline and
Fall" (March 2017), and is set to star in the new Fox comedy series
"Type A." Longoria has directed episodes of acclaimed series "Jane the
Virgin" and "Black-ish" and will guest star on "Empire."
She is founder of The Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build
better futures for themselves; co-founder of Eva's Heroes, which
enriches the lives of those with special needs; and is the National
Spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a non-profit committed to
improving the lives of children with cancer. Longoria has a master's
degree in Chicano studies.
Her entrepreneurial activities include serving as a Global Brand
Ambassador for L'Oreal Paris, ownership of BESO Restaurant in
Hollywood, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, fragrances EVA and EVAmour, a
New York Times-bestselling cookbook "Eva's Kitchen," and a home
collection line with JCPenney.
Notable Commencement speakers at Knox have recently included Senator
Richard Durbin, journalist William Whitaker, poet Natasha Trethewey,
actor Ed Helms, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, President
William Clinton, comedian Stephen Colbert, and then-Senator Barack
The 2017 Knox College Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 4 at
10:00 a.m. on the South Lawn of Old Main on the Knox College campus.
It is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1837, Knox College is a national liberal arts college in
Galesburg, Illinois. Knox enrolls students from 48 states and U.S.
territories and 51 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic
Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas