Katherine Boo. Your meticulous reporting and illuminating writing earned your reputation as one of the greatest practitioners of immersion journalism. Your gifts as a storyteller spur the powerful and privileged to see the plight of people who live on the margins of modern society, with little power and meager opportunities. We honor you tonight for your courage to report from places that others avoid and for your writings, which, like Lovejoy’s, provide a voice for the dispossessed.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Katherine J. Boo, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma are the visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.
Conferred October 5, 2015