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University to Honor Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter at Fall Commencement

Posted 12/06/2009
Posted by David Isgur

Linda Greenhouse, an award-winning journalist who, as a reporter for The New York Times, covered the United States Supreme Court for nearly three decades, will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the University of Hartford's annual Fall Commencement. More than 165 students will receive their degrees at the ceremony, making it the largest group yet to take part in this ceremony.

In another first, the University will provide a live webcast of Fall Commencement. Anyone wishing to watch the ceremony should go to

Fall Commencement will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m., in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

Greenhouse's coverage of the high court has earned her numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 1998, the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award in 2002 for a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics, and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication of University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Also in 2004, Harvard's Kennedy School honored her with the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2008 the nonpartisan Constitution Project presented her with its annual award for constitutional commentary.

Currently, Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and the Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

The University of Hartford's Fall Commencement is for undergraduate and graduate students who complete their degree requirements in September or January but cannot attend the university's traditional Commencement ceremony in May. The Fall Commencement ceremony was introduced in 1996 to provide these students with a formal ceremony that celebrates their academic accomplishments.