Dennis Brown | February 20, 2016
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, remembered fondly the rare public appearance of author Harper Lee at the University of Notre Dame’s 161st commencement ceremony.
“When Harper Lee received her honorary degree at Notre Dame in 2006, 2,800 graduates stood with paperbacks of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in their hands – a fitting tribute to the woman who helped shape both their social consciousness and love of literature,” he said upon learning of her passing Friday (Feb. 19) at age 89.
The citation honoring Lee reads in part: “Her Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a testament to the power of one person – even one who happens to be small – that introduced us to some of the most poignant, and most human, characters in contemporary fiction. They, and she, taught us that we are more alike than different; that, in the words of her heroine, young Scout, ‘There’s just one kind of folks. Folks.’”