I emceed a college’s commencement ceremony — oh, but in drag!

Photo of Juhnay Arabesque (aka Paul Renolis) at the California College of the Arts, filming the school’s 114th Commencement Ceremony [2021]

This past spring, I did something really cool and I may have been the world’s first to create such an experience for myself and a global academic community.

My drag persona, Juhnay Arabesque (phonetically pronounced “JUH-NAY”), was the Emcee of the 114th Commencement Ceremony at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts, honoring the Class of 2021! As…

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Paul Renolis

Paul Renolis

San Francisco-based actor, chorographer, drag queen, and writer that explores black joy. prenolis.com