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Lauren Ridloff will receive a degree of honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the Gallaudet University commencement on May 13, in recognition of her significant contributions to elevating public awareness of deaf culture and languages. Two other recipients will be recognized along with Ms. Ridloff: Ms. Dorothy Sueoka Casterline, ‘58 and Mr. Carl Gustaf Croneberg, ‘55.
Ms. Ridloff, a Model Secondary School for the Deaf graduate, is an actress bringing authentic deaf representation to the public. She was most recently cast in the movie Eternals as Makkari, the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She currently acts in the TV show The Walking Dead as Connie, a recurring role since 2018. Her exemplary work has been recognized with many nominations and awards, including a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a play (2018).
Ms. Ridloff will also be the honorary degree speaker.
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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