Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak at Harvard College on May 23. According to the announcement made on the Harvard Gazette, Chimamanda is to address the graduating seniors as part of the annual Class Day celebration on May 23, the day before Harvard’s 367th Commencement.
First Marshal Berkeley Brown ’18, co-chair of the speaker selection committee said “We are honored to welcome Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as our Class Day speaker,”
“Her eloquence and perspective as a writer and public speaker have inspired audiences to look beyond stereotypes and social norms to recognize our common humanity.”
Since 1968, the Harvard College Senior Class Committee has invited a guest speaker for Class Day.
Before then , the honor was given to University affiliates, such as deans, faculty, or classmates. The first invited guest was Martin Luther King Jr., who accepted the invitation shortly before his assassination.
Since that time, speakers have spanned fields including politics, social activism, journalism, film, comedy, and more.