Commencement Event - Senior Class Day Speaker: Toni Morrison
5/9/2013, 11:00 am
Watch live streaming video of Senior Day beginning at 10 a.m. Central Time at www.vanderbilt.edu.
Senior Day, which will be held Thursday, May 9th in Memorial Gymnasium , proceeds Vanderbilt's annual Commencement ceremony for graduating seniors on Friday, May 10th, and is a highlight of three days of activities honoring graduates and their guests.
Our 2013 Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal recipient and Senior Day speaker will be Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison
In 2006 The New York Times named Beloved by Toni Morrison the best novel of the past 25 years.
Morrison, born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio, is the winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for the same novel, which was made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Morrison grew up in the Midwest, steeped in black culture. She graduated from Howard University (B.A., 1953) and Cornell University (M.A. 1955). She taught writing and worked as an editor while launching her writing career, eventually settling onto the faculty of Princeton University from 1989 to 2006, when she accepted emeritus status.
Morrison’s debut novel was The Bluest Eye in 1970, “soon gaining the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her epic power, unerring ear for dialogue and her poetically charged and richly expressive depictions of black America,” according to the official website of the Nobel Prize.
Morrison continues to produce fiction, most recently Home in 2012. She has also written children’s literature, criticism, the libretto for an opera and non-fiction.