Actress Nicole Fiscella, better known as Isabel from the hit television show Gossip Girl, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Bridgeport’s 100th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8 at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

No stranger to the University, Ms. Fiscella also is a graduate student at the Human Nutrition Institute.

“Nicole is the perfect speaker to address the Class of 2010,” said University President Neil Albert Salonen. “Like many of our students at UB, she is multi-talented, balances a career and college, and already is well on her way to achieving ambitious professional success. We are thrilled to have her.”

More than 1,650 graduates are expected to participate in this year’s Commencement.

Ms. Fiscella joins a long list of well-known graduation speakers at the University of Bridgeport, including civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1961); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Penn Warren (1965); television host Geraldo Rivera (1975); Life Goes On television star and UB alumnus William Stanley “Bill” Smitrovich ’72 (1992); former Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays (1997), and All-American basketball star Lambert Shell (2009).
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