Bowdoin awarded Tony Doerr, author of two short-story collections, a memoir, and two novels, an honorary degree at its 212th Commencement this year. He spoke on campus last week with Professor of English Brock Clark.

Doerr ’95 was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, for his book, All the Light We Cannot See. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr graduated from Bowdoin cum laude with a history major in 1995, and earned his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Bowling Green University in 1999. He lives in Idaho with his wife, Shauna E. Doerr ’94, and their two sons.