2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

“Before America was my home, Iowa was my home, and before Iowa was my home, Grinnell was my home.”

– Kumail Nanjiani ’01, Doctor of Humane Letters

“How lucky you are to be emerging from this place where the past four years have provided you with tools of intentionality, intellect, and empowerment.”

– Daniel Werner ’91,  Doctor of Laws

“I hope that after your four years here you are prepared to take on the awesome task of attacking the problems of this nation and, indeed, the world.”

– Emily Pfitsch,  Doctor of Humane Letters

“Remain calm — and polite — under pressure.”

– Barb Van Ersvelde,  Doctor of Humanities


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