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Jodi Picoult to Speak at Commencement Jan. 14

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7/12/2011 5:20 PM
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July 12, 2011

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of 18 novels, will speak at the University of New Haven’s Winter Commencement on January 14, 2012.

She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Picoult’s novels include “The Pact,”  “Plain Truth,” and “The Tenth Circle,” made into television movies, and “My Sister’s Keeper” a big-screen movie starring Cameron Diaz

Picoult's works often have sparked discussions on societal issues. Her most recent novel, “Sing You Home” explores the issues of gay rights and Evangelical Christianity. It debuted at number one on both the USA Today and the New York Times bestseller list.

UNH appeared in her 2010 novel “House Rules.”  Jacob, the central character, dreams of attending UNH, and idolizes Professor Henry C. Lee, referring to him as “the most famous forensic scientist ever.” 

Picoult also wrote five issues of the “Wonder Woman” comic book series for DC Comics, and has won numerous awards including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction.

A resident of Hanover, N.H., she was graduated from Princeton University and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University.  She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Dartmouth College.

UNH has a long tradition of honoring writers at commencement, including Robert Penn Warren, John Hersey, David Halberstam, Adriana Trigiani, who is UNH Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, and David Baldacci, who spoke at this year’s spring commencement. 

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,900: approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 4,200 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in university housing. The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.