Ava DuVernay Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from Yale University

In this Feb. 25, 2018 photo, Director Ava DuVernay poses for a portrait at The W Hotel in Los Angeles to promote her film, “A Wrinkle in Time.” The film opens March 9. (Photo by [Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
Ava DuVernay is adding the title “Dr” to her name.

The award-winning director was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Yale University. She is now considered to be a Doctor of Fine Arts.

Yale released a statement as a tribute to DuVernay. “Creator and critic, you portray the richness and variety of human experience from all angles. By elevating others, you bring new stories into focus and amplify voices we need to hear.”

The statement continued, “Hollywood maverick, for challenging us to reckon with our past and our present, and for working to change both industry and society, Yale is pleased to confer on you this Doctor of Fine Arts degree.”

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