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Shonda Rhimes is traveling back to her alma mater to deliver the 2014 commencement address. According to a news release from Dartmouth College, the “Scandal” creator and Golden Globe winner will speak to graduates and receive an honorary doctor of arts on June 8.

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“Shonda Rhimes ’91 is widely acknowledged as one of the most creative and powerful showrunners working in Hollywood today,” the announcement said. “An English literature with creative writing major, she was director of Dartmouth’s Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association, and her work earned her numerous awards for excellence as an undergraduate.”

The proud mother of three said she was shocked when President Phil Hanlon extended the offer. “I was speechless because I often feel the same way I did when I was 20 years old -— that I can’t possibly be the grown up in the room,” she told the campus newspaper. “But apparently I am.”

“The college has done a good job of crossing the hurdle from what happens in Hanover to what happens in Hollywood,” she added.

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Other honorary degree recipients at the upcoming ceremony include attorney William H. Neukom, Pulitzer prize winner Eric Foner, astrophysicist Margaret Geller, entrepreneur David Kelley and South African writer Zakes Mda.

Congrats, Shonda!


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