Broadway's ‘Hamilton' Lin-Manuel Miranda to Speak to UPenn Grads

The award-winning actor and writer of the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" will speak at the University of Pennsylvania's commencement this spring, school officials announced Tuesday.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will also receive an honorary doctorate in the May 16 ceremony.

He's currently starring as Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in his inventive, biographical hip-hop show about the life of the founding father. Miranda, who was awarded a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in September, also wrote the play, music and lyrics.


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Penn President Amy Gutmann called Miranda "one of the most innovative and stunningly brilliant artistic voices of and for our time."

His "In the Heights" received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2009 and a Tony Award for best score. It was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

In 2014, Miranda earned an Emmy with Tom Kitt for their song, "Bigger" from the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

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