BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) -- Rock musician and writer Patti Smith was honored by Bryn Mawr College with a medal named after the late actress Katharine Hepburn.
She received the 2013 Katharine Hepburn Medal in a ceremony at the women's liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia.
The medal named after Hepburn, a Bryn Mawr alumna, honors women who change their worlds and whose work and embodies the intelligence and independence of the four-time Oscar winner.
Smith is recognized as a rock ‘n' roll trailblazer whose work as a musician, writer, performer and visual artist influenced multiple generations. Her 1975 debut album, "Horses," is considered one of rock's greatest albums and she received the 2010 National Book Award for non-fiction for her memoir, "Just Kids."
Smith said she "enthusiastically accepted" the award.
"Bryn Mawr is helping shape the futures of young women and providing them with the tools to be dominant forces in our society," she said.
College President Jane McAuliffe said Smith "conveys enormous passion and continues to transform herself throughout her artistic journey."