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Mayor Daley Will Address Northwestern Graduates at Commencement

May 27, 2008 | by Alan K. Cubbage
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will address graduates, parents and guests at Northwestern University's 150th annual commencement exercises.

Daley will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the June 20 ceremony in Ryan Field on the University's Evanston campus.

Evanston Mayor and Northwestern alumna Lorraine Morton will also receive a honorary doctor of laws degree at the 6 p.m. ceremony.

"On the occasion of the Sesquicentennial Commencement, we are extraordinarily proud to honor the mayors who represent the cities that are home to Northwestern's two campuses," said University President Henry S. Bienen. "Mr. Daley is mayor of the city where Northwestern's founders met to make plans to establish a great institution of higher learning. This is the 150th commencement that has been held since that decision. Ms. Morton represents the city where the founders established the first campus of the University."

"We are pleased to have Mayor Daley as our commencement speaker. He has served the City of Chicago with great distinction," Bienen added. "He has earned a national reputation as the nation's top urban executive for implementing programs that address the challenges facing Chicago and other American cities."

Honorary degrees will also be presented to five other distinguished leaders in the arts, humanities and science. They are:

• John Adams, Composer in Residence at Carnegie Hall and inaugural winner of the School of Music's Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition.
Doctor of Arts

• Christopher R. Browning, Frank Porter Graham Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Doctor of Humane Letters

• Bill Emmott, author and retired Editor-in-Chief, The Economist.
Doctor of Humane Letters

• C. N. R. Rao, National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor, and Honorary President, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.
Doctor of Science

• Sheila E. Widnall, Institute Professor and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Doctor of Science

Daley was elected Mayor on April 4, 1989, to complete the term of the late Harold Washington, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 by overwhelming margins. Prior to that he served in the Illinois Senate from 1972 to 1980 and was elected State's Attorney of Cook County in 1980 and re-elected in 1984 and 1988.

Under Daley's leadership, Chicago has improved its public schools, created a community policing program, focused on delivery of basic services, opened Millennium Park, renovated Navy Pier and Soldier Field, expanded McCormick Place, invested more than $11 billion in capital improvements and more than $3 billion in more affordable housing and rebuilding public housing, and held city property taxes far below the rate of inflation.

Daley, who headed the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1996, has been named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine; a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine; and Politician of the Year by the Library Journal. He has received the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official from the American Institute for Public Service and numerous other awards.

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 include the President's Reception at Norris University Center for graduates and their families and guests at noon June 20. Baccalaureate services will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Alice Millar Chapel.

Free continuous shuttle bus service will be provided between the campus and Ryan Field/McGaw Hall from 2:30 to 9 p.m. June 20 and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 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. Alumnus James F. Gibbons, former dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering at Stanford University.

School of Education and Social Policy: Cahn Auditorium, 9 a.m. Alumna Susan Fuhrman, president of Teachers College at Columbia University.

School of Music: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 9 a.m. composer John Adams, inaugural winner of the School of Music's Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition.

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 11 a.m. Susan Phillips, associate professor in English at Northwestern University.

School of Continuing Studies: Alice Millar Chapel, noon. alumna Sally Glick, chief marketing officer and director of marketing consulting services at Sobel & Co., LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.

Medill School of Journalism: Cahn Auditorium, 1:30 p.m. Bill Emmott, an independent writer and consultant on international affairs and former editor-in-chief of The Economist.

School of Communication (communication studies and communication sciences and disorders): Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 1:30 p.m. Anna D. Shapiro, associate professor of theatre at Northwestern University and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Kellogg School of Management: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 3:30 p.m. Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive officer of General Electric.

School of Communication (dance, interdepartmental studies, performance studies, radio/television/film, theatre): Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 5 p.m. Anna D. Shapiro, associate professor of theatre at Northwestern University and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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