2017 Commencement Address Speaker – Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen, a best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and social critic, will give the 2017 Commencement address, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. During the Commencement ceremony, Quindlen also will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

“As a journalist, social critic, memoirist and novelist, Anna Quindlen has made a life of pointing out the foibles and the strengths of American life, and I am looking forward to her message to our graduating class,” Wrighton said.

“As a writer, she is concerned with many of the same issues and ideals that drive us as a university, including education, health care and social justice, and the trajectory of her exemplary career is a model and inspiration for today’s graduates looking to find their place in the world,” Wrighton said.


2016 Honorary Degree Recipients

Each year, Washington University in St. Louis honors distinguished individuals at the May Commencement ceremony.

Honorary degree recipients for 2017 will be announced in late April.

2016 Class Acts

A series in recognition of students who are changing the world through research, community engagement and innovation.