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McCain to Speak at Commencement, Eight Will Receive Honorary Degrees

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June 7, 2005
Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain

Northwestern University will award honorary degrees to eight distinguished individuals at its 147th annual commencement exercises Friday, June 17.

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and will address graduates, parents and guests at the 6 p.m. ceremony in Ryan Field.

Honorary degrees will also be presented to:

• Francis S. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, doctor of science degree

• Cathy N. Davidson, vice provost for interdisciplinary studies and Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University, doctor of humane letters degree

• Troy Duster, professor of sociology at New York University and Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, doctor of science degree

• Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, doctor of humane letters

• Emile Francis Short, head of Ghana’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, doctor of laws degree

• Nancy L. Stokey, Frederick Henry Prince Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, doctor of s science degree

• James N. Wood, former director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago, doctor of fine arts degree

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets are required for admission to both the Ryan Field and Welsh-Ryan Arena venues.

Commencement activities will begin at 11 a.m. June 17 with the President’s Reception at Norris University Center for graduates and their families and guests. Baccalaureate services will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Alice Millar Chapel.

Free continuous shuttle bus service will be provided between the campus and Ryan/McGaw Hall from 2:30 to 9 p.m. June 17 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, the day schools and colleges hold their convocations.

The convocation schedule and speakers are as follows:

Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 8:30 a.m. McCormick Alumna Jeanne Beacham, president of GEL-PAK.

School of Education and Social Policy: Cahn Auditorium, 9 a.m. Education Alumnus Wayne Watson, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.

School of Music: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 9 a.m. Soprano Phyllis Curtin, former dean of the College of Fine Arts, Boston University.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 11 a.m. Souleymane Bachir Diagne, professor of philosophy, Northwestern University.

School of Continuing Studies: Alice Millar Chapel, noon. Alumna Marilyn Moats Kennedy, founder and managing partner of Career Strategies

Medill School of Journalism: Cahn Auditorium, 1:30 p.m. Medill Alumnus Jack Fuller, Pulitzer Prize winner and former president of Tribune Publishing

School of Communication (communication studies and communication sciences and disorders): Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m. Communication Alumnus Harry Lennix, stage, film and TV actor Kellogg School of Management: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 3:30 p.m. Kellogg Alumnus James Scherr, chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee

School of Communication (dance, interdepartmental studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, theatre): Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 5 p.m. Harry Lennix