Imbolo Mbue DC

Douglass Convocation

Saturday, May 12 2018 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Location: Antilles Field, Douglass Campus

The 97th Annual Douglass Convocation on Antilles Field celebrates the achievements of Douglass’ graduating students.  Share in the excitement as graduates join loved ones and friends, Rutgers and Douglass leaders, and student speakers to celebrate their accomplishments.

The convocation features Douglass alumna speaker Imbolo Mbue author and native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon. She is the author of the new award- winning novel, Behold the Dreamers, a critically acclaimed debut novel which won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Behold the Dreamers was named by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of their Notable Books of 2016. It was also named as a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian and The St. Louis Dispatch. The novel also won the “2017 Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award” and in June of 2017 Oprah Winfrey announced that she had chosen it as the “2017 Oprah's Book Club selection.” She holds a B.S. from Douglass College at Rutgers University and an M.A. from Columbia University.  A resident of the United States for more than a decade, she lives in New York City.