Poet 索尼娅·桑切斯 to Receive Honorary Degree, Address Class of 2022 at Arcadia University Commencement

2022年3月22日 丹尼尔DiPrinzio

Arcadia University is proud to announce that renowned poet, activist, and scholar 索尼娅·桑切斯 will receive an honorary doctoral degree and address the Class of 2022 at 毕业典礼 5月19-20日,周四和周五. 

Arcadia is one of the first institutions in the nation to offer women higher learning opportunities and has long championed freedom of expression, 求知欲, and advocacy for those without voice or agency. 

“In many ways, our institution’s values and mission align with themes found in Ms. Sanchez’s storied poetry, teaching, and experiences,” says Dr. Ajay Nair, 总统 of Arcadia University. “Hearing directly from Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate and legendary ‘Freedom Sister’ will be a fitting culmination for Arcadia’s Class of 2022, many of whom have taken on leadership roles with our University’s anti-Black Racism 倡议 and Justice, 股本, 多样性, 和包容. 有女士. Sanchez as part of our Commencement celebration will be a seminal moment in Arcadia’s 169-year history.” 

Sanchez is considered one of the most important writers of the 黑人艺术运动, which aimed for a renewal of black will, insight, energy, and awareness. She is a national and international lecturer on Black culture and literature, 妇女解放运动, 和平, 和种族正义. 她在非洲读过她的诗, 加勒比海, 中国, 澳大利亚, 欧洲, 尼加拉瓜, 和加拿大, 除了她的祖国.

Sanchez is this year's winner of the Edward MacDowell Medal, a lifetime achievement honor started in 1960 and previously given to Robert Frost, 托妮·莫里森, 和斯蒂芬·桑德海姆, 等. 去年, she received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a lifetime achievement honor previously given to Chinua Achebe, 鲍勃·迪伦, 和林璎, 等. Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began working in 1977. She was the Laura Carnell Professor of 英语 and Women's 研究 at Temple until her retirement in 1999. She was named Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate in 2011.

Sanchez received the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, 在许多其他荣誉中. 16本书的作者, Sanchez is among 20 African American women who are part of "Freedom's Sisters," a mobile exhibition initiated by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Smithsonian Institution. 伯明翰人, 阿拉巴马州, Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1955 from Hunter College in New York City. She did postgraduate work at New York University, where she studied poetry with Louise Bogan.

Arcadia University will award doctoral and master’s degrees to candidates on Thursday, May 19 and baccalaureate degrees to candidates on Friday, 5月20日. Arcadia’s Commencement season also includes University events such as the 薰衣草仪式 and ALANA and International Student 识别 Ceremony.