Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011 12:00 am | Contact: *Editor's note: release distributed as "the college's 165th Exercises of Commencement;" should have read "Exercises of Commencement in the 165th year of the college."

Grinnell, IA - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Anna Quindlen will address the Grinnell College Class of 2011 at the Exercises of Commencement in the 165th year of Grinnell College, on Mon., May 23, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus.* Quindlen, the author of five best-selling novels and seven non-fiction books, has been a major contributor for more than 35 years to some of the country’s most influential newspapers and magazines. She won the Pulitzer in 1992 for her New York Times column “Public and Private,” and from 2000 to 2009, wrote the widely recognized “Last Word” column for Newsweek. As commencement speaker, Quindlen will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Grinnell. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Harvard genome scientist Pardis Sabeti (honorary doctor of science); “Imponderables” author and pop culture observer David Feldman, a 1971 Grinnell graduate (honorary doctor of letters); and Henry Wilhelm, an internationally recognized expert on long-term photographic preservation and a member of the Grinnell Class of 1968 (honorary doctor of science). Grinnell College, which annually confers B.A. degrees on more than 350 students, is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs. In the event of inclement weather, the May 23 commencement ceremony will be held in the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center. The ceremony will also be livestreamed at