Junot Díaz received an honorary doctorate from Brown University on Sunday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed writer received one of six honorary doctorate degrees from the Ivy League institution in Providence, Rhode Island.
The 44-year-old author has charmed the literary world with his works, including his beloved novel The Brief Wondrous Life is Oscar Wao, which won Díaz a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008. Diaz is also the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
According to Brown University’s website, honorary degrees are awarded by the its Board of Fellows and are conferred by the University president — in English and in Latin — during Commencement exercises. Each honorary doctorate listened to a formal citation of their accomplishments, addressed by the university’s president.
Díaz, who received a Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.), was recognized by Brown University for having “explored innovative ways of bringing people back into conversation with the arts and academia.”
“Your steadfast support for a path to citizenship and achievement for young undocumented immigrants has given a voice to the experience of those who were brought here in search of a better life, much like yourself,” continued the citation of Díaz. “For your outstanding contributions to literature and learning, your compassion, and your belief in the power of education for all, we honor you with the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.”
In addition to Díaz, the other recipients of the honorary degrees included Ben Affleck, Stanley Falkow, Beverly Wade Hogan, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, and fellow Latino Eduardo J. Padrón.
Congrats to Díaz and the rest of the honorary doctorates!