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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 www.wellesley.edu.