Edwidge Danticat, known and respected as a Haitian-American author, professor, and strong advocate for issues affecting Haitians abroad and at home will be honored by St. Thomas University (www.stu.edu) in its commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 10, 2014. Ms. Danticat will be the recipient of an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Danticat began writing at 9 years old. At the age of 12, she moved to Brooklyn, New York and started writing about her immigration experience. After graduating from Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York, she entered Barnard College in New York City, where she received a BA in French literature in translation. Next, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University in 1993, an Honorary Doctor of Letters also from Brown in 2008, and another from Yale University in 2013. via PRNewswire-USNewswire