Keynote Speaker – Michele Lepe

St. Mary’s University alumna Michele Lepe (B.B.A. ’97) – best known as the host of “The Good Night Show” on the children’s TV network Sprout – will serve as keynote speaker at the 164th annual Spring Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 7. Since 2006, she has bonded with millions of preschoolers and parents as Nina the Good Night Guide, winning a regional Emmy in 2007 for Best Host. Her most recent project is “Nina’s World,” an animated show based on the character she brought to life. She is executive producer of the program, which tells the Hispanic-American experience from the point of view of a 6-year-old. The university will celebrate the accomplishments of 402 new graduates, including 328 receiving bachelor’s degrees, 73 receiving master’s degrees and one student receiving a doctoral degree. Commencement exercises will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Bill Greehey Arena, inside the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center on the St. Mary’s campus. Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m., also at Greehey Arena. Media are welcome at both events. Lepe was born in North Carolina, but her father’s Air Force career and her mother’s Spanish heritage took the family to Cambridge, England, and Alcalá de Guadaira (Sevilla), Spain. They moved to San Antonio when she was in third grade. She attended Judson High School, then earned her bachelor’s degree in International Business from St. Mary’s in 1997. After graduation, she became an account executive at Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates and focused on acting in her spare time. Three years later, after earning roles in plays and commercials, Lepe moved to Miami to pursue her acting career. She worked as co-host of a radio morning show before landing a role on Telemundo’s “Los Teens”in September 2002. The miniseries portrayed the struggles of Latino teenagers in a manner not seen before on Spanish-language television. She went on to become co-host of “Off the Roof,” a variety talk show for Latino youth, and a co-star in Univision’s dramatic miniseries, “Al Filo de la Ley.”