At its 318th graduation ceremony, Yale University presented honorary degrees to 11 individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields. Among them is Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Zimbabwean entrepreneur and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa.
Chimamanda was conferred a Doctor of Letters degree from the university, while Strive received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
This is Chimamanda’s second degree from the university. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale.
The degree from Yale is coming days after Chimamanda got two Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degrees from American University and Georgetown University.
On Chimamanda, Yale wrote:
Your stories of war, migration, home, and heartbreak bring the great richness and multiplicity of human experience to life. With courage and clarity, you call us to “do better” for women and girls, for ourselves and future generations around the globe.
In appreciation for your superb talent and leadership in literature and the public sphere, we are honored to present your second Yale degree, Doctor of Letters.
On Strive, Yale wrote:
You see opportunities others miss and demonstrate the courage of your convictions at every turn. Brave visionary, bold business leader, and devoted humanitarian, your innovation and generosity have transformed a continent and improved countless lives.
For inspiring us to tackle great challenges, lead with honor, and serve others, Yale is privileged to confer on you this Doctor of Humane Letters degree.