Author of "Fault in our Stars", John Green to be Kenyon College Commencement Speaker
November 20, 2015 - 3:02 PM
Green Pictured in the Great Hall of Kenyon's Pierce Dining Hall
(Photo provided by Kenyon College)
GAMBIER — “The Fault in Our Stars” writer John Green will give
the commencement speech at his alma mater, Kenyon College, on May 21,
"I am so excited to deliver the commencement address,” he
said Tuesday, Nov. 17, in a statement to Kenyon. “It's such an honor to be
invited to speak, given that it took me more than four years to
graduate from Kenyon. This was not a future I imagined at my own
commencement, and I look forward to it."
Green, who graduated in 2000 and needed an extra semester to earn
credits he missed when sick with whooping cough, has said that Kenyon
helped shape parts of his young adult best-sellers. A double major in
English and religious studies, he imagined the college’s Church of the
Holy Spirit for the setting for part of “The Fault in Our Stars” and
drew on his religion classes for his first novel, “Looking for Alaska.”
Twitter account, which has 4.7 million followers, included this post in
response to the commencement speaker announcement on the @KenyonCollege feed: “Excited/grateful/terrified.”
for Alaska” is his latest book to be turned into a movie, opening in
2016. Film versions of “The Fault in Our Stars” and another hit novel,
“Paper Towns,” came out within the last two years.
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