Grambling State to award posthumous levels to Natalie Desselle Reid, Zaria Griffith throughout graduation

By Grambling State College

Subsequent week will probably be a trigger for celebration and remembrance as Grambling State College holds its Spring 2022 graduation workouts on Could 12. Distinctive to this semester’s ceremonies is the awarding of a posthumous diploma to the late Natalie Desselle Reid and Zaria Griffith throughout the 2 p.m. graduation ceremony to be held within the Fredrick C. Hobdy Meeting Middle and streamed reside on Grambling State’s YouTube Channel.

A local of Alexandria, Louisiana, actress Natalie Desselle Reid graduated from Peabody Magnet Excessive Faculty and attended Grambling State College for two 1/2 years. The appearing bug bit her after a starring position in Grambling State’s manufacturing of “Effervescent Brown Sugar.” After a number of productions as a thespian, she determined to maneuver to Los Angeles and take a look at the waters. Realizing Hollywood was not conscious of her “arrival,” she turned a receptionist, a soul meals waitress, and lastly a tank mechanic at McDonnell Douglas.

Her break got here when Robi Reed solid her in F. Gary Grey’s “Set It Off” which led to a guest-starring position on tv’s “Household Issues.” After her preliminary foray into Hollywood, she discovered herself on the lookout for alternatives whereas residing in Inglewood, California, after which the decision got here. The position that established her as a comedic thespian aka “the humorous chick” in Robert Townsend’s” B.A.P.S”, starring reverse Halle Berry. The movies “How you can be a Participant”, “Cinderella” and televisions “Constructed to Final” and “For Your Love” adopted.

Within the 2000s, she performed Janie Egins on the tv present “Eve” for 3 seasons, and had one in every of her final movie roles in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Huge Glad Household (2011). Her most cherished manufacturing was her household, which included her husband Lenny Reid and their three kids Sereno, Summer season, and Sasha. Her household will probably be current to obtain the honorary Bachelor of Arts diploma in Visible and Performing Arts in her reminiscence.

A local of Chicago, Illinois, Zaria Griffith graduated from South Shore Worldwide Faculty Preparatory Excessive Faculty in 2017 the place she was an honor scholar who excelled at ROTC, tumbling, gymnastics and cheerleading. As a pure born chief, Zaria served as Captain of the cheer squad and led her friends on the mat and within the classroom. Throughout her highschool profession, her curiosity within the well being occupation led her to take part within the medical program the place she obtained her phlebotomy license upon commencement.

She attended Central State College and continued her love for cheerleading as a member of the college cheer group the place she bonded together with her Cheer-Phi members. In 2018, she transferred to her first selection college, Grambling State College, in Grambling, Louisiana. She was a proud Tiger taking part as a Grambassador and Senior Affiliate Justice in Pupil Authorities Affiliation. She excelled academically making the Dean’s Record each semester. She is going to obtain the honorary Bachelor of Sciences diploma in Biology in her reminiscence.


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