Edwidge Danticat and Justice Sonia Sotomayor Receive Yale Honorary Degrees

sotomayorSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and writer Edwidge Danticat, who is also a spokeswoman for Haitian cultural and social justice issues, were among those who received honorary degrees from Yale University yesterday. 3,084 degrees were awarded, including 1,266 for graduates of Yale College. Others receiving honorary degrees Monday included John Adams, the American composer and conductor, historian Natalie Davis, economist Esther Duflo, and Frederick W. Smith, the founder of FedEx, the first overnight express delivery company. Here are two excerpts, with links to full articles and videos below:

Yale Daily News: Graduates of the law school stood and waved as Sotomayor took to the stage to dantireceive her honorary degree. “From the Bronx to the seat of our nation’s highest court, by way of Yale Law School,” Levin said, “your alma mater takes great pride in your inspiring journey.” [. . .] Levin next conferred a doctorate of letters upon author Edwidge Danticat for creating “truth-telling narratives” in her works about Haiti, her home country.

Courant.com: Asked if she had any advice for the graduates, Sotomayor said she’d tell them to “stay passionate about what they are doing.” Levin praised Sotomayor, a graduate of Yale Law School, for her “inspiring journey and your uncompromising commitment to equality and justice. From the Bronx to the bench of our nation’s highest court, by way of Yale Law School, your path has been marked by energy, intelligence, and perseverance,” Levin said.

For full articles and video, see http://www.courant.com/news/education/hc-yale-graduation-0521-20130520,0,839244.story, http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/05/20/university-confers-3084-degrees-at-312th-commencement/ and http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/20/news/new_haven/doc519aa1117aa6f713397447.txt

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