Marilynne Robinson ('77) Receives the UW’s Highest Alumni Honor

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Renowned author Marilynne Robinson has received the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award (ASLD). This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a University of Washington graduate and is presented annually by the UW and UW Alumni Association. It recognizes a legacy of achievement and service built over a lifetime. 

Since Robinson earned her Ph.D. at the UW in 1977, she has become one of the world’s premier fiction writers. A Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Library of Congress Award for Fiction are among her many honors. Yet fiction is just one facet of Robinson’s work. She teaches, writes nonfiction books and essays, and is an esteemed contributor to public discourse on ideas and events. In 2016, Time magazine named her one of its 100 Most Influential People. You can read more about Marilynne Robinson's career and the award in UW Magazine.