Chimamanda Adichie to receive ‘highest degree’ at Ivy League university
LHD honors are usually conferred to deserving individuals who have distinguished themselves in areas other than science, government, literature or religion.
Aside from the degree she’ll receive in May, Adichie was also selected as the commencement speaker for the 264th Penn class’ graduation ceremony, which is to hold on the 18th of the same month.
Amy Gutmann, Penn University president, while making the announcement, said the institution is honoured to bestow its “highest degree” on the celebrated writer.
According to Gutmann, her “compelling narratives and absolutely fascinating commentary on complex cultural issues elevate the power of the individual voice.”
Adichie’s commencement speech at Penn will make her the first black woman to deliver the address since 1978, when Patricia Harris, the then-housing and urban development secretary, spoke.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including in 2008, a Macarthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Macarthur Genius Award. She also received fellowships at Princeton University and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University.
Culled from TheCable Lifestyle, the 42-year-old earned the awards through her works including ‘Purple Hibiscus’, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, and ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, all of which have been translated into several languages.