Pulitzer Prize-winning Toni Morrison to deliver Vanderbilt Senior Day address

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:42pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is scheduled to speak at Vanderbilt University Thursday, May 9, delivering the Senior Day address as part of the school’s commencement ceremonies this week.

Morrison’s speech will kick off Senior Day at 11 a.m. in Memorial Gymnasium during which she will receive the university’s Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos is set to give the traditional address to Vanderbilt graduating students during commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10. Commencement begins 9 a.m. Friday on Alumni Lawn, and about 3,000 graduates are expected to attend the ceremony.

The university plans to stream both the commencement and Senior Day speeches live on the Vanderbilt homepage and will be made available for viewing after the event. A detailed schedule of Vanderbilt Commencement and Senior Day activities is available at the Vanderbilt Commencement website.

“Toni Morrison: An American Literary Treasure,” an exhibition of more than 50 volumes in Vanderbilt University Special Collections that are by or about Morrison, will also be on display in the central library. The exhibition includes first editions, uncorrected proofs and other rare materials, according to the university. It will be on display in two cases on the central library’s fourth floor and one on the sixth floor. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal includes a cash award and is given to individuals “who define the 21st century and exemplify the best qualities of the human spirit,” according to the university’s website.