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Award-winning actress and alumna Jennifer Lafleur to serve as keynote speaker at Westfield State University’s 180th Commencement ceremony

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Westfield—Award-winning actress and Westfield State University alumna Jennifer Lafleur ’01, will serve as keynote speaker at the University’s 180th Commencement ceremony on May 18, 2019 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Lafleur graduated summa cum laude from the University in 2001with a B.A. in mass communications. She later earned an M.F.A. in acting from Brandeis University.

“A talented professional actress who has reaped the rewards of a commitment to her craft, Ms. Lafleur embodies the University’s values and provides a fine example for our graduates to emulate,” said Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.

In addition to her academic accolades, Lafleur was nominated three times for the Kennedy Center: ACTF Irene Ryan Best Actress award. Following graduation, she moved to New York City and pursued a career in experimental and classical theater. Her first role in the film industry was a small part in the movie Baghead.

Since moving to Los Angeles she has shifted her focus to primarily star in roles on film and television productions. Her roles have included parts in Big Little Lies (HBO), Billions (Showtime), Friends from College (Netflix), Room 104 (HBO), Chicago Fire (NBC), The Do-Deca Pentathlon (2012), The Midnight Swim (2015), and numerous others.

She has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows throughout her career, with five other projects currently in production.

Lafleur has earned five acting awards during her career, each from film festivals, including the Grand Jury Award (Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival) (2015) and Independent Visions Award (Sarasota Film Festival) (2015).

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know Ms. Lafleur and learning more about her meaningful education at Westfield State,” said President Torrecilha, who explained that Ms. Lafleur attributes much of her success to the work she completed with Professor Jack Shea of the Theater Arts Department and Dr. Madeleine Cahill of the Communication Department.

A Brookfield, Massachusetts native, Lafleur is married to actor Ross Partridge and splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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