Nigerian author delivers Yale graduation speech

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the renowned novelist behind hit written works such as Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, made history at Yale University’s graduation festivities over the weekend, writes Aris Folley for The Hill.

Last Sunday, Adichie, who is from Nigeria, became the first African ever to deliver the university’s Class Day speech ahead of the university’s 318th commencement ceremony, the university confirmed to The Hill. During her address to students, Adichie touched on a number of topics, including her commitment to social justice and gender equality.

Although it is not custom for the college to host commencement speakers, Class Day has been a long-held tradition by the university in which students are addressed by notable figures. A number of prominent figures have served as speaker for the annual ceremony, including Senator Cory Booker, former secretaries of state John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks and former vice president Joe Biden.
Full report on The Hill site