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~Noted Author Toni Morrison Will Deliver
2004 Commencement Address

For immediate release:
March 5, 2004

Mary Ann Hill,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Award-winning author Toni Morrison will address the Class of 2004 at Wellesley's 126th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. In keeping with tradition, Sarah Rogan, president of the senior class, announced the selection of the speaker to her classmates at a reception on March 4.

Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton, an appointment she has held since 1989. Her eight major novels, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, Paradise, and Love, have received extensive critical acclaim. Morrison's last visit to the Wellesley College campus was May 4, 1998, when she delivered the college's prestigious Carolyn A. Wilson Lecture.

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, Morrison was the first African-American winner and the first American woman to win since 1938. She also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for Beloved, and the National Book Critics Award in 1977 for Song of Solomon.

At Princeton, Morrison is a member of the Creative Writing Program. She founded the Princeton Atelier, which brings to campus renowned artists from all fields to collaborate with students on original performances, productions and exhibitions.

Morrison is the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards including the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Condorcet Medal and the Pearl Buck Award, the Modern Language Association of America Common Wealth Award in Literature and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to


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