Nigerian author and Yale Alumni Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been announced as the 2019 Class Day speaker at Yale.
The Class Day Planning Committee member Shuyu Song and Yale Daily News reports that Chimamanda who graduated in 2008 with a Master’s Degree from Yale in was chosen because “She is an inspiring global citizen whose words, teaching and social activism have had an indelible impact on the diaspora and broader contemporary culture.”
In an email from members of the 2019 Class Day Committee, they said;
“The committee cannot imagine a better speaker to commemorate our four years at Yale than Adichie,”
Committee member Shuyu Song also added:
“Given Adichie’s extraordinary experience and poignant literary commentary, we have no doubt that her participation in Class Day will be a memorable part of this day of celebration and address concerns that are relevant to our class as we reflect on the changes that we have witnessed on this campus in the past few years
Other Class Day speakers in the past include politicians such as former US Vice President Joe Biden and former US Secretary of State John Kerry.