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Marilynne S. Robinson, Ph.D.

Best-selling author Marilynne Robinson, Ph.D. will be honored in absentia during Commencement I. Robinson received her Honorary Doctoral Degree when she delivered the 2019 Zahm Lecture on campus. A distinguished professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Robinson’s novels, essays, and other works have garnered her the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the Library of Congress Lifetime Achievement Award in American Fiction. In 2012, Robinson was the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by former President Barack Obama, and in 2016, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Robinson’s writings serve as journeys through the human condition, revealing its triumphs, its tribulations, and its innate magnificence.