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Junot Diaz, Ben Affleck Earn Honorary Doctorate From Brown University

  • ** FILE ** Writer and Syracuse University professor Junot Diaz poses for a portrait in his Syracuse, N.Y., apartment Nov. 7, 2001. Diaz was awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." (AP Photo/Jim McKnight,File)

    ** FILE ** Writer and Syracuse University professor Junot Diaz poses for a portrait in his Syracuse, N.Y., apartment Nov. 7, 2001. Diaz was awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." (AP Photo/Jim McKnight,File)  (AP2001)

  • Ben Affleck gestures before receiving an honorary degree at Brown University's 245th commencement in Providence, R.I., Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    Ben Affleck gestures before receiving an honorary degree at Brown University's 245th commencement in Providence, R.I., Sunday, May 26, 2013.  (AP2013)

Junot Diaz, one of the most acclaimed Latino writers of his generation received one of six honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University.

Diaz was among artists, writers, scientists and educators to receive the degrees from the Ivy League school at commencement exercises Sunday. 

The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in "Argo," which won this year's Oscar for Best Picture, Ben Affleck, also received a doctor of fine arts degree. 

Others getting honorary doctorates were retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.

The university conferred more than 2,400 degrees Sunday.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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