June 8, 2014
SHONDA LYNN RHIMES, with your groundbreaking work as a screenwriter, director, and producer of compelling film and television, you've earned a well-deserved place among the most influential creative minds in America.
As you gaze across the crowd gathered before you today—toward your favorite hangout as a student, the Top of the Hop—we are touched by your sentiment that Dartmouth was where you began to think of yourself as "a citizen of the larger world."
Your mark on the entertainment industry has indeed been profound. Even your earliest work signaled a rare talent. Your script for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge met with commercial and critical success, earning numerous awards for actress Halle Berry. And though your career is far from over, you have already given us nothing short of a modern television institution—the highly acclaimed and long-running drama Grey's Anatomy. And your newest show, Scandal, is currently one of television's highest-rated dramas.
Twice honored by Time magazine as one of the "100 people who help shape the world," you've changed the face of entertainment. Perhaps your quintessential contribution is embodied by the Women in Film Lucy Award, which recognized you for "creative works that have enhanced the perception of women in television."
For your extraordinary gifts as a writer who taps into the human condition with wit and wisdom, for your mastery of both the creative and business aspects of your craft, and for powerfully representing the character-driven leadership we strive to imbue in all our students, Dartmouth College delights in awarding you the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts.
President Philip J. Hanlon
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