Yale University awarded Joan Didion an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at commencement on Monday.
Richard Levine, the president of the university, conferred the honor. He praised Didion’s influence on two generations of writers and the high standard her work continues to set for American prose.
“In unflinching prose, you explore themes of love and loss, politics and place, social disorder and the search for meaning,” Levin said. “As a columnist, essayist, and novelist, you have captured the magic and mystery of life and death.”
Honorary degrees were also given to film director Martin Scorsese and peace envoy George Mitchell.