HANOVER — Shonda Rhimes, a Dartmouth College alumna and the creative force behind several acclaimed television series, including the current ABC hit show ‘Scandal,’ will deliver the main address at Dartmouth’s 2014 commencement exercises Sunday, June 8.
The Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee is a 1991 graduate of Dartmouth. She was an English literature with creative writing major and was the director of Dartmouth’s Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association.
She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she was awarded the Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship.
She is also the creator, head writer and executive producer of medical dramas ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Private Practice.’
Last year, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Also in 2013 Time magazine, for the second time, named Rhimes one of the 100 most influential people in the world and she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series for Scandal.
This year so far she has received the Directors Guild of America’s Diversity Award and has been named to Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Variety’s “Power of Women” and Glamour’s “Women of the Year.”
In addition to her network television success, Rhimes is the screenwriter behind several feature films, including ‘Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement’ and ‘Crossroads.’
She co-wrote ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,’ for which Halle Berry won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries.
Dartmouth College plans to award Rhimes an honorary Doctor of Arts degree at the commencement ceremony.